People

Isabel


Isabel has grown up on the beautiful coast of West Wales, which fostered a respect, awe and commitment to the amazing world we live in. She was at COP14 in Poznan as part of the UK Youth Delegation and has attended 2 intercessionals and 1 COP under UNfairplay.  She is a 3rd year student of law at Bristol University, striving to be an environmental lawyer. Isabel is also heavily involved with Dyfodol (a Welsh Youth Forum on Sustainable Development), lots of grass roots projects like a student food co-operative and a food waste/food poverty initiative called Foodcycle, and her own blog aimed at young people interested in environmental issues which you can find here.

Alex


Alex currently works at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales where he is the media officer. He has been involved in several climate change projects including Cheat Neutral, Climate Camp and C-Change. Alex and Isabel started UN Fair Play less than a year ago – so they are pleased to see their project up and running at COP15. When he’s not working on climate change projects he spends his time walking in the mountains near his home in north Wales.

Jess


Jess is currently studying law at Cardiff University.  She is on the team hoping to get stuck into some international environmnetal law.  Along with Isabel, she grew up in West Wales and has an appreciation for, and love of, our extraordinary surroundings.  She hopes to immerse herself completely in, and learn as much as possible about the current global issues surrounding climate change.  In her spare time she likes to surf and, whenever she gets the chance, loves to travel.

Charlie


 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie is a Londoner at the United World College of the Atlantic in South Wales. He has spent the last three years of his life on campaigning for action on climate change working with the Age of Stupid, 350.org and the Public Interest Research Centre. Last year he represented global youth as one of 6 youth delegates at the world economic forum in Davos through the British Council’s Global Changemakers program. Since he’s been to several conferences with the British Council, training youth delegates in public speaking and messaging and concentrating on local campaigns with the Welsh Assembly Government as a Welsh ‘Climate Change Champion’. Charlie is aiming to study Environmental Politics or something of the sort after graudating from AC. Future career hopes? Wherever he can be most useful; Politics, Journalism, Campaigning…

Tina


Tina is a Canadian studying at United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. She began campaiging on climate justice issues a few years ago and has been involved with different initiatives ever since. She also organises campaigns on human rights issues with Amnesty International.

Sam


Sam has lived in Devon most of his life and is in love with the outdoors. Having studied civil engineering he is currently in his final year of an Environmental Geoscience course at Bristol. He has been involved in climate change adaptation research and has worked for the Age of Stupid. He co-founded and ran Bristol University Sustainability Team (www.bustbristol.ning.com) which has been a successful student action group. He keeps on top of climate science and policy, in fact it’s almost an obsession for him (and a very useful obsession to have for the climate negotiations).

Lena Hörnlein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Wright

Helena is currently studying for a PhD in environmental policy in London.  Other interests include renewable energy and innovative solutions to the climate and energy crisis.  In her spare time, Helena has volunteered for Young Friends of the Earth Europe at several climate conferences and has recently joined the DECC Youth Panel – their blog can be found here.

Conny


Cornelia grew up in Frankfurt, Germany. At the age of 15, she spent an exchange year with AFS in Australia, where she interned at the Environmental Office of a local coal mine. She currently lives in Hong Kong and studies at the Li Po Chun United World College. After attending a summer academy on “Water in the Anthropocene” in Duino, Italy, she learned in depth about the possible impacts of climate change on our planet, which both scared her and started her activism on climate change. As a member of the student council, she lobbies her school’s administration to adapt to a greener lifestyle. Additionally, she founded and leads an organic garden activity in her school. She got involved with UNfairplay in 2010 and attended COP 16/CMP6 in Cancún this December.

Benas Klastaitis, Lithuania

Benas is currently a student at the Red Cross Nordic United World College. He has been involved in environmental campaigning since 2008. At COP16/CMP6 his work was particularly focused on the Kyoto Protocol talks and the land use issue. In the future Benas is going to be found in either Scotland or the US studying anything from law to sustainable development economics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay


 

 

 

 

 

 

The United World College of the Atlantic

 

Laurence

Laurence is a Canadian-Québécois graduate from the Leser B. Pearson UWC of the Pacific in 2011. Her love for the outdoors and skiing as well as her sense of justice, led her towards climate negotitations and projects such as UNfairplay. In highschool,  Laurence co-founded a cooperative cafe offering organic products at her school, and has been involved in numerous campaigns since. At the moment, she is studying International Relations and Economics at Mount Allison University in Eastern Canada. She hopes to study international law in the -not to far- future.

 

Kirsti

Kirsti is a self employed environmental educator specialising in climate change communications and creative methods of interpreting and subsequently relaying that information. Her previous climate change projects include C-Change and attending the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.  When not tired and confused Kirsti likes to eat food and build dens.

Jon
Jonathan grew up in the exciting and diverse Tooting in South London. While studying Medicine at the University of Bristol, Jonathan’s passion is for the role of healthcare systems in climate change. He coordinates the Bristol Hub, which is a network for social, voluntary, environmental and development in Bristol, and sits on the student council and Bristol University Sustainability Team (BUST), working on grassroots climate projects. Jonathan co-founded the Yourgeneration (Yogen) network for student climate action.

Jamie

Jamie was brought up in the lovely Costwolds, went to University and worked for two years in the wonderful city of Sheffield, and for the last eighteen months has been in East London.

Along with Isabel, Jamie was also part of the Youth Delegation to COP14 in Poland last year, so he knows a bit about the madness of the climate negotiations.

When he’s not getting his head around the intricacies of financing mechanisms for mitigation and adaptation, Jamie works as a Business Development Manager for AMEE, helping people to embed carbon and other environmental data into their web-enabled software. AMEE’s ultimate goal is measure the carbon footprint of everything on earth, and already includes lots of the datasets discussed at the UNFCCC.

Jamie also runs Loco2, a new low carbon travel company that is soon to launch a journey-planning tool that will make finding alternatives to flying much easier.

Sophie

Sophie is from London, lucky enough to grow up in the diverse North East of the city in the borough of Hackney. She studied politics at the University of Bristol where she was involved with various student groups action on climate change including co-founding the Bristol University Sustainability Team and the Bristol Hub. Since graduating last year she has worked with the Sustainability Department at the University of Bristol on staff and student engagement projects and also with the Bristol Hub. She has joined the Unfairplay team for the first time in Bonn 2011.

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11 thoughts on “People

  1. Your blog is fantastic! You have all done an amazing job and should all be very proud of yourselves.
    I never knew MEDCs worked in such ways through paying off the small Islanders.. its sick how how people have the selfish desire for an increase in economy with what seems to be our human addiction to earth’s non renewable resource, fossil fuels.

    I am currently writing an essay on behalf of the Atlantic Islands as to the effect global warming is having on the people. So I was wondering, why exactly did Hopenhagen not become successful in your point of view?
    and why is it that the countries that are producing the most CO2 emissions are not signed for the Kyoto protocol?

    Thanks for your help!
    Sandra

    • You mean Pacific islands? There are quite a few countries with large emissions signed up to the Kyoto Protocol, except of course for the US and all developing countries.
      I hope this helps,
      Conny

  2. Really looks like you guys are making a difference to the countries your working with, it makes a refreshing change to all these empty speeches that are being spewed out.

    It’s endlessly frustrating watching from home, it all looks pretty ominous, but there are a few glimmers of hope, which I’m sure you guys are working hard on!

    Good luck on your last day, I really hope an agreement, that regards the plight of developing countries and island states face, is reached.

    Here’s hoping xx

  3. I think what you are doing is much needed, excellent work. But isn’t this site a bit egotistical? The green movement needs people who are a little less into generating hero worship. I hope you manage to do lots of useful work though.

    • Actually Dave this is something we have had to confront from the beginning. I realise that it can be seen as this, but actually apart from the blog we maintain a low profile, keeping our heads down behind our laptops doing what the countries need most. I have been part of youth delegations and you could almost say they are more egotistical, all it is is ‘outreach’! Sure we don’t have to publicise what we are doing, after all that would be far less egotistical as you put it, BUT it would not move the cause of this project forward. As it is, several hundred people are now more aware of this issue, and in the future youth who realise that it CAN be done and that they can participate in the negotiations in this way, will. We are only publicising it to be able inspire and encourage more people to do the same without us having to organise it. We are doing useful work and we will continue to do so.

  4. Guys, what you are doing is just great!
    Tina and Charlie, I am so lucky to know both of you!
    Thanks for keeping us updated!
    Take care and best of luck,
    Chiara

  5. Tina,
    I always knew you were destined to be a part of great things.
    This is proof.
    It makes missing you both harder and easier.
    Love Always.

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