Youth Have Power: Justice, Equity and the Climate Crisis

November 17 @ 6:30 PM EDT

At November’s Speaker Series, explore the connections between climate change, racism, and equity from three experienced climate justice leaders: Taylor Morton, Kevin Patel, and Sydney Asher. Get your facts straight on what some common buzzwords mean and hear examples of disproportionate impacts of climate change, from rural areas in upstate NY to communities struggling with air quality in LA. Most importantly, learn how you can advocate for climate solutions that work for everyone!




Kevin Patel, Founder and Executive Director, One Up Action
Kevin J. Patel has fought as an intersectional climate justice activist from Los Angeles, CA for the past eight years. Growing up with severe heart issues due to Los Angeles’s poor air quality, Kevin is one of the millions of people across the world who are already victims of the climate crisis. In 2019, he founded OneUpAction International — an organization that supports and empowers marginalized youth by providing them with the resources they need to be changemakers. Through his work with One Up Action, Patel collaborated with the community to create the first of its kind Youth Climate Commission in LA County to amplify youth voices on the climate crisis. Patel is a UN Togetherband Ambassador for Goal 13 and 14 and currently serves as a 2020 National Geographic Young Explorer. Patel also serves on the Youthtopia_world: Circle of Youth council, the ClimatePower2020 council, and the Intersectional environmentalist council. Patel is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Loyola Marymount University.


Sydney Asher, Youth Climate Leader, Margaretville Central School, NY
Sydney Asher is a high school student (junior) in Margaretville, NY. She studied the disproportionate impacts that climate change hazards bring to socioeconomically disadvantaged people for a year while she was involved in the University of Albany’s high school science research program. Sydney’s project focused on drawing comparisons between the rural communities in her local Catskill mountain area and other places especially affected by climate change in the U.S. and around the globe- New Orleans, LA in particular. Sydney is co-president of her school’s Climate/Science Club and is a student organizer for the annual Catskills Youth Climate Summit. She has volunteered with her village’s summer pollinator project and is a novice beekeeper.


Taylor Morton, Environmental Health and Education Manager, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Taylor Morton has been working with WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Harlem since 2016, formerly as an intern, environmental health fellow, and educational consultant. Their work has included co-facilitating and creating curricula for the organization’s educational programs. Taylor also recognizes the importance of exposing minority, urban, and low-income youth to natural elements, and actively supports this mission. Taylor holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Spelman College, a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School, and a M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. (Pronouns: They/Them)