Our Heroes

These young climate activists inspire us, so much so that many of them appear as characters in 12. Here is a bit more about them.

If you have a climate hero who is inspiring you and others to take action and to hold hope, write to Kristina and we will include them here! kristina100Watt@gmail.com

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Boyan Slat

Boyan Slat (played by Character #7 in 12) is now the CEO of The Ocean Cleanup! His goal is to create technologies that may solve societal problems such as the climate crisis. In Boyan’s words:

“For society to progress, we should not only move forward but also clean up after ourselves.” –Boyan Slat

For more about Boyan and The Ocean Clean Up, click here: https://theoceancleanup.com/about/

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Jaden anthony

Jayden (played by Character #2 in 12) is the author & super cool creator of Kid Brooklyn, a graphic novel series about the environmental and social issues. In his novels, Jaden created a fictional story about a child from Brooklyn who, together with his friends, receives special powers to save the planet from evil aliens (well, corporations). In Kid Brooklyn, once the characters accept their destiny, they must use these powers to stop the alien race from destroying earth’s natural resources.

Click here to read more about Jaden: https://blog.espares.co.uk/espares/2019/08/young-environmentalists-changing-world.html

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Marinel Ubaldo

Marinel (played by Character #5 in 12) is amazing. She’s is one of the leading youth climate activists dedicated to driving change in Asia (the Philippines). In her words, it’s not about “monetary, fame, nor any material gains”, but simply “the acknowledgment of the climate crisis and to give justice to those who have suffered and died because of climatic disasters.” In her words:

“I don’t need them to be touched by my story and I don’t need their pity. I need them to take action.”
— Marinel Ubaldo

To read more about her, click here: https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/20165/5-young-activists-who-inspired-us-this-year/

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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced “Shu-tez-cat”) and played by Character #6 in 12 says he’s part of the “generation with the most to lose” regarding climate change. He’s a hip hop artist as well as the youth director of EARTH GUARDIANS, an organization trying to get pesticides out of parks and contain coal ashes. And his music also advocates for change! In his words:

“We felt as though we had a responsibility to do something about it. So, we did.”
― Xiuhtezcatl Martinez about Earth Guardians

Read more about Xuihtezcatl by clicking here: https://www.kosmosjournal.org/kj_article/xiuhtezcatl-martinez/

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Jamie Margolin

Jamie, played by Character #1 in 12? Heard of Zero Hour? That’s her! She’s a youth Colombian-American activist, author, public speaker, and a Film & TV student! Jamie co-founded the international youth climate justice movement Zero Hour that led the official “Youth Climate Marches” in Washington, DC and in more than 25 cities around the world in 2018. The marches continue. In Jamie’s words:

“So, every night, I go to bed with wishful dreams of that beautiful near-future post-climate-change world, and every day I wake up and work to make it happen.” — Jamie Margolin

Click for more about Jamie: https://www.climateone.org/people/jamie-margolin

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Youth who are taking their countries’ governments to court: Sofia Oliveira, Howey Ou, Amaru Alvarez Cantoral

These 3 youth, brought to the stage by Characters 10, 3 and 8 in 12, are courageous inspirations to us. They are literally taking their governments to court for what they call “climate inaction”. In their words:

“More and more people are supporting us,” she said. “There is hope. … Together we are strong and can make the difference.”– Sofia Oliveira

“I think we can win. I almost take it for granted that we will because our cause is a just cause.”
— Amaru Alvarez Cantoral

“You can develop vaccines for Covid-19, but there is no vaccine for climate emergency.”
— Howey Ou

To read more about what these youth are fighting for (and it’s working!), click here: About Sofia Oliveira, Howey Ou, Amaru Alvarez Cantoral

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Autumn Peltier

‘We can’t eat money or drink oil’, said the 17 year old from Wiikwemkoong First Nation in Canada. Autumn is a Canadian Indigenous water activist who fights for right of people to drink clean water, no matter if they are on reserves or in the developing world. When she was 12, she said directly to Canada’s Prime Minister: “I am very unhappy with the choices you’ve made.” Justin Trudeau replied, “I understand that. I will protect the water.”

CLick this link to read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/canadian-indigenous-water-activist-autumn-peltier-addresses-un-on-clean-water-1.5301559

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Greta Thunberg

Greta, in 12 as Character #9, was born January 3, 2003 in Sweden. She is an environmental activist who works without stopping, without hope and without courage to fight climate injustice. She founded the movement called Fridays for Future (also called School Strike for Climate).

Listen to Greta speak here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUC2-cZXowA&t=1s and you can read more about her by clicking here: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Greta-Thunberg

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in simple terms: words & naming in 1

text by Drea

Climate Justice: Is about taking a position on climate change and addressing the legal and political reasons for it. It is about getting the governments to care about climate change by using the legal and political systems to fight for change. 

Bill C-12: Also known as the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. Is law is supposed to make clearer rules for climate action in Canada. This law forces the government to make a plan for climate action. Canada plans to have net zero emissions by the year 2050. But this bill doesn’t say how we are going to actually do that.  

Net-Zero Emissions or Carbon Neutral: This is about all of the carbon dioxides that humans create. We can create carbon dioxide by breathing, or by driving our cars. A factory creates emissions too. This all goes into the atmosphere. Net Zero is about balancing how much we are putting into the air, and how much we are cleaning or taking out of the air. 

COP24: In 2018, the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations met to talk about Climate Change. It was in Poland. The meeting was to try to get all the countries to work together to stop climate change. 

COP26: In fall of 2021 (Oct 31 – Nov 13 2021) the United Nation countries met again in Scotland to talk about Climate Change. The COP26 summit brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Anthropocene: When looking at the history of our planet this word talks about the time humans have been around. It refers to how humans have changed the planet and contributed to the change in the climate. 

Smelting: This is the process where humans heat up rocks in order to take out the metal, like silver, copper or iron. 

Fracking: This a human-invented method used to get oil and gas from underground rocks. It’s done by injecting liquid into the rocks so that they break apart. 

Anthroturbation: This is when humans disturb the soil and/or earth crust by such as with mining.

Tetrapod: These are concrete structures that humans make (Coastal Engineers) to try to prevent erosion of land mostly caused by weather. Tetrapod comes from the word for animals with 4 legs.