Youth Ambassadors

11 March, 2021

Pooja was born in India, but grew up in the United States. In 2018, she graduated from American University in Washington, DC with degrees in Economics and International Studies, specializing in justice, ethics, and human rights, and South Asia. After graduating, Pooja worked on several ocean and climate-related projects at the Meridian Institute. Now, she works for the Kennebunkport Climate Initiative as a Youth Network Strategic Consultant. As their first Climate Career winner, Pooja started Youth Climate Collaborative, which makes it easier for youth to get involved and remain involved in environmental work and fosters meaningful collaboration with youth.

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9 March, 2021

Oluwaseyi Moejoh is a 19- year-old environmentalist, action-oriented leader, global change-maker and law student, her passion lies at the intersections between environmental justice, change-making, circular economy, climate action and ocean protection. 

Oluwaseyi is the Cofounder of U-recycle Initiative and a National Geographic Young Explorer. U-recycle Initiative is an award-winning youth-led organization, focused on advancing a circular economy in Africa through reinforcing environmental sustainability, climate action and recycling culture across schools and communities. Oluwaseyi founded this organization in September 2018 after winning the 2018 TNCI Social Impact Award. 

She is devoted to collaborating with others to design and implement sustainable, deep-rooted and innovative solutions to mitigate the environmental crisis in Africa and beyond.

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9 March, 2021

Olivia Livingstone holds a BSc in Environmental Science from the Cuttington University and has volunteered and worked with international and local institutions like Conservation International Liberia, Fauna & Flora International Liberia, Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia, and Cities Alliance. She is also an Alumna of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council and the Sustainable Ocean Alliance-Cuttington Chapter. Olivia currently serves as a Community Mobilizer on the Environmental Justice Foundation “Communities for Fisheries Project-Liberia” funded by the European Union where she trains fishermen on how to use their smartphones to combat IUU fishing to safeguard their livelihood.

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9 March, 2021

Leneka Rhoden is an Environmental Scientist and Consultant, Project Manager, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Business Development Consultant, and holds an Honors BSc. Degree in Marine Biology and International Relations, extensive certification in Project Management, and is currently an MPhil candidate in Environmental Biology at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

She serves as the Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network and is a certified PADI Open Water Diving Scientist, and Project Manager who specializes in Proposal Writing, Climate Change Mitigation, and Adaptation. For her work in energy sustainability, Leneka was awarded the International Energy Globe Award 2019.

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9 March, 2021

John Paul Jose is a young environmental and climate activist from India. Hailing from an agricultural family that relies on the Earth and nature to survive, John has experienced first-hand the impacts of the climate crisis and ecological destruction. John’s love for nature and experiences since childhood led him to activism and conservation. He now has years of experience ranging from collaboration with NGOs, the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Convention on Combatting Desertification (UNCCD), research with The Energy Research Institute in India, and the TED Countdown Youth Council.

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9 March, 2021

Hello all! This is Jihyun Lee. I’m an undergraduate student, studying Economics (UD) at Yonsei University, South Korea. I have been a part of the Seoul Transition City Project as a research assistant, and am currently working as an intern in Citizens’ Institute for Environmental Studies. One of my life goals is to make the UN SDGs be more than merely a wish, but as actual indicators when countries make policies and decisions. I’m excited to be an Ambassador and help ensure youth voices are heard within the negotiations.

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9 March, 2021

Ghaamid is a passionate & award-winning young environmentalist from Tanzania with a B.Sc in Environmental Sciences and Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture. He is a trained researcher on Eco-hydrology under the UNESCO Chair on Eco-hydrology and Trans-boundary Water Management in Tanzania, providing nature based and biotechnological solutions on water systems. He currently is the Earth Day Network Sub Saharan Africa regional coordinator where he leads a Youth and Citizen science programme that empowers people around the world to monitor threats to environmental and human health in their communities and leading citizens in taking action to drive policy change by the use of citizen generated data through smart phone technology to fight current and ongoing global environment and climate crisis.

Furthermore, Ghaamid leads the Global Youth Biodiversity Network Chapter in Tanzania, ensuring that youth voices are considered in the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) as well as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on Climate Action for informed decisions. Ghaamid is also a National Geographic Young Explorers’ Programme Fellow 2021.

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9 March, 2021

 Gayathra is a Sri Lankan marine biologist and conservationist with an interest for elasmobranch conservation, reef fish and fisheries. Currently he is working in Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and coordinating marine related education programs targeting local communities. He has previously engaged with organizations including National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) and Blue Resources Trust.

Gayathra graduated from Ocean University of Sri Lanka with a first class honors in B.Sc. in Fisheries and Marine Sciences specializing in Ocean Sciences. Gayathra is also a member of American Elasmobranch Society (AES) and Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. 

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9 March, 2021

Catarina Lorenzo is 13 years old, a global climate activist and a surfer, originally from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She loves horses, to read, and is passionate about the environment and the ocean.

She is part of the “Children vs Climate Crisis” petition and has spoke at the United Nations with youth from all over the world. Catarina is also part of the S.O.S Vale Encantado collective, the Green Kingdom, an Heir from Heirs to Our Oceans, and is a Young Eco Women Ambassador.

9 March, 2021

Britney Hay is a young scientist currently working for an environmental non-profit organization called the Environmental Awareness Group in her home country, Antigua & Barbuda. She is enthusiastic about gaining new experiences in the environmental sector and broadening her scientific education.

Following her specific interest in the intersect between human health and ecological/environmental challenges, Britney has had learning experiences in the public health, conservation and environmental sector in Seattle, Antigua and Florida. She believes that environmental solutions are only as sustainable as they are inclusive and hopes to continually evolve in her environmental and social consciousness.

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