Cassia Moraes has an ambitious goal: to empower 1 million youth to lead on climate change.
“A huge number of young people worldwide, now that they are aware and care about climate change, they want to know what they can do about it and how to start,” she says.
To help young people develop their expertise and build careers working on climate solutions, Moraes founded an organization called Youth Climate Leaders.
“I think Youth Climate Leaders is the organization I wish I had when I was 20 years old, just graduating from university,” she says.
Moraes says that after college, it took her years to develop enough connections and experience to get a job focused on climate solutions. So to help others get started faster in fields such as urban planning and energy, her group provides training, mentorship, and networking opportunities.
Since 2018, more than 200 young people have participated worldwide. Roughly 90% of the alumni now study or work in the field.
And now Youth Climate Leaders is taking its trainings and network online, which will expand the organization’s global reach and help more young people launch climate change careers.
Reporting credit: Stephanie Manuzak/ChavoBart Digital Media.