Climate Generation is excited to have five young people throughout Minnesota join our 2016 Youth Policy Cohort. The purpose of this year’s Youth Policy Cohort is to support a strong and just implementation of Minnesota’s Clean Power Plan. Our cohort represents Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Morris, each with different stories of why they are interested in climate justice. Over the course of five months our cohort has been supporting a postcard drive, meeting with their local legislators, participating in phone banking and writing letters to the editor. With these deliverables in mind, we strive to shape a more equitable Clean Power Plan for all Minnesotans. You can learn more about our environmental justice policy platform here, and read blogs and articles from the Youth Policy Leads below.
Meet Our Cohort
Hello, my name is Tony Squillace. I work as a contract chemist at the Mid-Continent Ecology Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Duluth, MN. I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2014 with a degree in chemistry, and also hold interests in biology, history, and East Asian studies. Outside of work I enjoy spending time skiing, rock climbing, hiking, traveling, and listening to music. I have a deep appreciation for nature, and believe that it is essential to preserve our environment both for the healthy existence of humankind, and for its natural beauty. I am excited to do my part in supporting the implementation of the Clean Power Plan.
Hi, my name is Haley Gill. I am currently a third year attending the University of Minnesota Morris. My area of study is Environmental Science. Climate justice is important to me because of my work with Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), a statewide student-led nonprofit that empowers students to take action in public interest. I am also interested in the crossroads between environmental and racial justice. I hope to go to graduate school to study Marine, Freshwater and Estuary Biology and work to improve conservation of these vital ecosystems.
My name is Addie Welch and I’m a senior at South High School and co-chair of Youth Environmental Activists of MN (YEA! MN). I believe that we will only make strides for environmentalism when our movement is diverse, youth-driven, and addresses environmental racism. I’m excited to delve deeper into the policies surrounding environmental justice, and to increase clean energy and equity in my community. In my free time, I also like to play clarinet, Nordic ski, and make art!
My name is Sumaya MoAllin. I graduated from high school in 2015 and am currently enrolled at St. Kate’s, but I am taking a gap semester to be committed to community organizing. The two groups that I work with the most are Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and Black Liberation Project. Through these groups and on my own I organize around a lot of issues including racial, economic, and environmental justice. I am interested in specifically the environmental justice component of the Clean Power Plan and how previously underserved communities will have a say in what goes on in their communities.
My name is Amina Mohamed, but I prefer to go by Amo. My pronouns are they/them/theirs and she/her/hers. After high school I enrolled in college, but I decided to drop out because I wanted to work hands on with my community and academia was holding me back. Now I am very involved in various communities around the Twin Cities, doing organizing work. Currently, I work with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change where I work on voting rights. I work with Black Liberation Project, organizing around issues affecting black youth. I am deeply invested in environmental justice and specifically local organizing to stop waste-burning from being included as a clean energy option.
My name is Kyra Brown and I work with Climate Generation as a youth policy organizer. I am a senior at the University of Minnesota, double majoring in Nonprofit Management and Entrepreneurial Management. I spend my time organizing with Black Liberation Project and Black Lives Matter Minneapolis. My interest in environmental issues stems from my work with racial justice organizing and working within those intersections. My hope is for the Clean Power Plan implementation process to continue in Minnesota, so we can reach a more just and equitable plan for all citizens.