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#MEETTHETEAM Clara Luz

Clara Luz

07 March 2022

This is the first post of our new series: #MEETTHETEAM Monday! This week we caught up with one of our interns from the Civic Leadership Academy at King's College London - Clara Luz. Read the post to find out more about why she wanted to join the movement, what she hopes to achieve and her passion: climate action and environmental justice.

Meet Clara (she/her), one of our Interns from King’s College London who joined the movement in January 2022. She is a second-year student, reading for a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Clara is dedicated to fighting inequality and empowering young and underrepresented people, especially when it comes to issues that concern them. Clara  is particularly passionate about climate action, environmental justice, and youth involvement when it comes to these topics. Read below to hear more about why Clara is so excited to start contributing to the movement.

Why did you want to become a member of the movement?

I did not know about the Young Trustees Movement prior to joining the King’s Civic Leadership Academy. However, when I read about their work and values, I immediately felt like it would overlap greatly with my passions, values and interests.

I do not have any previous trustee experience but am involved in campaigning with and for the Young Green Party in Germany and am part of several societies at King’s, trying to positively impact the society and foster youth involvement, as I am very passionate about the power of youth voice.

When asked about what I want to do in the future – even though it may sound cliché, I strive to make the world a slightly better place. By empowering young and underrepresented people, I believe that YTM has the potential to trigger huge change to youth involvement in trusteeship and thereby create great positive change within the charity sector as a whole.

What do you hope to achieve whilst being with the movement?

I hope to be able to contribute a small part to supporting young leaders in the charity sector and thereby help strengthen the power of youth participation within the causes they believe in and I share an equal passion for. I would be particularly interested in becoming involved in the environmental sector and support young voices within.

Why are you passionate about your campaign focus?

“I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” – Great Thunberg

This quote from Great Thunberg in Davos is probably quite well-known, but for me, it sums up nicely why climate action is an unavoidable issue, as we only have very limited time to avoid a climate disaster. However, as climate change as well as climate action do not affect everybody equally, I particularly care about climate justice. Those who have done the least to cause climate breakdown are the ones who suffer the worst of its effects among which are floodings, droughts, rising sea levels and heatwaves. The richest 1 % of the global population have caused twice as much carbon emissions as the poorest 50 % while the poorest 50% would suffer disproportionately from the consequences. Additionally, climate change serves as a multiplier, rather than an equaliser – it serves to make any current social issue worse and deepens inequalities, which is why I believe that justice within climate action becomes even more important. So, I am particularly passionate about climate change, action, and justice because it is going to especially affect us young people disproportionately which is why I believe the diversification of boards within the environmental sector to be especially crucial.

This is why during my time at YTM, I hope to get involved with young trustees, organisations and the young ambassadors working on these causes!

Interested in learning more about why I value the need for Climate action, check out these useful links below:

United Nations - COP26: Together for our planet
Summary of (achievements at) COP26

United Nations - Climate Action
Brief overview and examples of climate action initiatives

World Economic Forum - “What is climate justice?”
Interview with Mary Robinson, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, to discuss what climate justice entails

UNESCO - Climate and Social Justice
UNESCO Courier interview with Thiagarajan Jayaraman, an Indian academic who focuses on climate action and climate justice for a discussion on climate and social justice

[Friends of the Earth UK - Climate justice](https://climate.friendsoftheearth.uk/resources/what-climate-justice)
Friends of the Earth UK - climate action department: “What is climate justice?”

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