Kids Climate Action Network
Kids Climate Action Network was founded in 2013 by 10 year old Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida, after she went to her mother with serious concerns about the climate crisis. Anna's mother, Kathy, attended Climate Reality training in Chicago and quickly noticed that the top-down communication did not facilitate collation-building. Anna and Kathy began to address climate issues on a local level, which included public speaking, demonstrations, community education, and youth leadership development work. Anna joined Rainforest Action Network's Palm Oil Action Leaders team and continues to participate in palm oil activism as well as address multiple environmental issues in Arizona and beyond. Kathy and Anna believe the placement of the atmosphere into Public Trust is the best way to mitigate the climate crisis.
Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:
Kathy is working with environmental concerns because she wants her daughter and future generations to be able to enjoy a viable climate and biodiversity. Additionally, Kathy understands Mother Earth to be a sacred entity deserving of honor and respect. Anna works on environmental issues because she can't be idle while biodiversity diminishes. Also on our radar: GMOs, the pollinator decline, repealing Citizens United, permaculture and sustainability.
Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:
Kids Climate Action Network is a volunteer organization. However, substantive funding would enable the community to focus efforts more effectively on climate crisis mitigation. Kids CAN is well-positioned in the environmental community, both in Arizona and nationally, and welcomes networking and community building. Kathy writes grants and is open to collaboration on environmental projects/research.
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