Jordan akers and Meera dear with group from the Youth Climate kickoffWith a mission to empower communities to engage in climate change solutions and a vision for “a world of resilient communities with equitable solutions to climate change,” Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy is providing youth with an opportunity to stand up for a cause they feel passionate about. Among the first generation to experience effects of climate change are MPA seniors Jordan Akers and Meera Dear, who seized this opportunity as a chance to use their voices and lead for their own generation and those to come. The two attended Climate Generation’s Youth Climate Kickoff at Roosevelt High School, joining other local youth and leaders for a day of learning, making new connections, problem-solving, and growth.

“We loved connecting with like-minded activists and learning about other issues and movements. Being there, we really felt like we were changing the world,” they wrote in their blog post about the event.

Jordan and Meera navigated through workshops and deep discussions, with topics that were both familiar and brand new, from environmental racism to the philosophies behind protesting. Discussing with new people and discovering more about climate change solutions built upon not only their knowledge, but also their confidence, and it furthered their passion for making a difference in their communities.

“To say the least, this year’s Youth Climate Kickoff was a transformative experience,” they wrote. Read Jordan and Meera’s full blog post reflection here!

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