Ava Princi is one of eight students who brought a class action in the Federal Court of Australia against the Australian Environment Minister Sussan Ley (Sharma and others v Minister for Environment) arguing Ms Ley would be violating her duty of care to future generations if she were to approve a coal project, due to its expected contribution to global CO2 emissions.
The Federal Court found the Environment Minister does have a duty of care to protect young people from the climate crisis in a judgment hailed by lawyers and the teenagers who brought the case as a world first.
Belyndar Rikimani is the Vice President of Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change, a youth-led organisation whose members are students from the Pacific Island countries.
Belyndar is from the Solomon Islands, currently based in Vanuatu, and just recently joined the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network as a Network Engagement Officer. She co-leads a pilot project on Climate Diplomacy in which she works with young Pacific leaders and pairs them with Senior Pacific Climate Negotiators with the objective to build their capacity, knowledge and skill on the UNFCCC processes and COP negotiations.
Alexandra Villasenor is a climate activist and member of Children vs Climate Crisis based in Manhattan, New York. She is the founder and executive director of Earth Uprising, a non-profit dedicated to young people tackling climate change. Alexandra is also a contributor in All We can Save, a book dedicated to diverse voices of women in the climate action movement.
Her activism has been covered in several articles from The New Yorker, National Geographic, Insider, and Seventeen.