Malaika ColletteClimate Activist
Malaika's Story :
My name is Malaika Collette and I am 17 years old. The climate crisis is an issue I both worry about and fight for. As a young person living in such an uncertain world, I see the news of climate related disasters, extremely high carbon dioxide levels and corporations continuing to favour profit over our one and only planet. I will no longer sit back and watch all of this unfold before my eyes. It is time for action and I am going to do everything I can to make a difference.
In May of 2019, I attended my first climate strike, I knew this was just the beginning. Since then, I have begun taking action in more ways and learning more indepthly about the climate crisis, why it is happening and what I can do. Much of my activism and who I am was formed in the Youth Leadership in Sustainability program. This program gave me the knowledge, skills, confidence and connections to take action. Since then I have continued learning and speaking out in a variety of ways including organizing events, presenting to the media and politicians and joining local, national and global groups to collaborate with like-minded youth.
As a youth who will feel the impacts of climate change in my life, this issue worries me. Will I make a difference? What can I do, I’m only one person?
As youth we know that there is no one else to do it for us, so we must act. I know that I would feel immensely guilty if I did not act and use my voice to raise awareness on the climate crisis. I would not know what to tell future generations. My generation can and will make the change necessary if we act quick enough.
I never imagined that I would consider myself a climate activist but you never know what you can accomplish if you step outside your comfort zone and do what you know is right.