Since adults in power seem to be intent on ignoring the very real and terrifying impacts of climate change, young people around the world are stepping up to make their voices heard. This week, thousands of climate activists of all ages will gather at Federal Plaza to demand action — but what can we do when we pack up our (recycled) signs and head home?
This month on The Girl Talk, we welcome two young leaders of the fight against climate change in Illinois.
With a climate change denier in chief who just seriously rolled back part of the Clean Water Act, what can we do locally to make sure we’re not living in Mad Max in the next few years? Come learn from some wise young women who have no intention of backing down or shutting up.
The Girl Talk is a monthly show on the fourth Tuesday of the month hosted by Block Club Chicago co-founder Jen Sabella and public education activist and former CPS teacher Erika Wozniak Francis. It’s produced by media strategist Joanna Klonsky. Each month, we feature influential Chicago women and gender nonconforming individuals fighting for social justice. All are welcome to take part in these important conversations.
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Adelina (Lina) Avalos
Adelina (Lina) Avalos is a senior at Whitney M. Young High School and a resident of Chicago’s southeast side. She frequents the phrase “environmentalist first, student second”. Adelina is a Director for Youth Climate Strike IL, and one of the main organizers of the Chicago Youth Climate Strike protests. This being her main project when it comes to Environmental Justice, she also volunteers with the Ready For 100 Coalition through Sierra Club, and the Chicago Environmental Leadership Initiative. In addition to this she works with Mikva Challenge on the Youth Safety Advisory Council, advising Superintendent Eddie Johnson. When she is not fighting for what she believes in, she enjoys hunting for the best Iced Coffee in Chicago and listening to her vinyl record collection with friends.
Kyra Woods works with Sierra Club as a community organizer. Alongside community advocates and organizations in the Ready for 100 Chicago Collective, Kyra worked to secure a city-wide commitment to a 100% clean energy future for Chicago in April 2019. The team’s work continues as they seek to ensure that Chicago’s clean energy transition is rooted in the values of economic, environmental, and racial equity. In recognition for her work, Kyra was recently named as one of Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 awardees for 2019