Youth Panel on Environmental Action
The Spring Public Lecture Series kicks off with a special youth panel. Increasingly, young participants are choosing to shape political and social discussions, and in the climate change arena, legions of young people have mobilized to demand social, environmental, and economic progress. Our panelists will explain how they have created momentum around their personal convictions through social networks, community organizing, and entrepreneurship.
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Moderator: Kristy Drutman. Featuring: Mercedes Thompson, Cambria Bartlett, and Shay Barton.
About the Speakers:
Kristy Drutman (moderator) is a digital strategist and the host of Brown Girl Green, a podcast and media series dedicated to building an environmentally just society and sustainable world for future generations. As a Filipina American, Kristy is inspired to change the image of what it means to be an environmentalist in the 21st century by advocating for greater diversity and inclusion.
Mercedes Thompson is a first-year student at Stanford University. In her junior year of high school she co-founded Baltimore Beyond Plastic, a grassroots youth-led organization whose efforts resulted in a unanimous decision by the Baltimore City Council to ban styrofoam. Subsequently styrofoam trays were replaced with compostable products in all 182 schools in the school district.
Cambria Bartlett is a 14-year old member of the founding chapter of Heirs To Our Oceans (H2OO) studying the impacts of oil consumption, climate change and pollution as they relate to plastic production and disposal. Through H2OO, Cambria is growing her capacity for empathetic leadership and effective communication of her passion: preventing all forms of plastic pollution - on land, in the water and in the air.
Octavia “Shay” Barton, age 14, leads the Pescadero chapter of Heirs To Our Oceans. Shay is committed to understanding the impacts of climate change on our planet, and especially on the communities most at risk. Shay has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on the subjects of plastic pollution, climate change, and vulnerable communities. Shay led her chapter in successfully phasing out single-use plastics from her school and her community.