Ian Empson
High School Youth

Ian Empson is a high school junior from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a strong interest in both Biology and Earth Sciences. Winter is Ian’s favorite time of year. Unfortunately, Minnesota winters have become shorter and warmer, which negatively impacts Ian’s favorite competitive sports: alpine slope style skiing and Nordic racing. There is a consistent need for man-made snow, which often melts due to winter rain or temperatures well above freezing. Ian attributes this trend to climate change. Participating in the April 2016 Climate March in Washington, D.C motivated Ian to become more involved with climate change issues. He plans on using his photographic eye to convey COP23 to his classmates and youth throughout America. His photography is available on his website, www.ianempson.com.

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