Wake Up America!
North American Environmental Youth Activism
Thursday, July 14, 2022 10-11am ET Online
Join us for this lively online discussion with Q&A
About our Dialogue speakers

Lydia M. is sixteen years old and is a plaintiff in Natalie R. v. State of Utah, in which she and six other young Utahns are suing their State government for promoting fossil fuels and causing and contributing to Utah's dangerous air quality and climate crises in violation of their constitutional rights. In the Salt Lake valley where Lydia lives, poor air quality, dangerous heatwaves, and drought, all worsened by the development of Utah's fossil fuels, threaten both Utah’s beautiful natural environment and the health and safety of Lydia and other members of her community. When she is not fighting for climate justice and breathable air, Lydia enjoys hiking in the diverse and unique landscapes throughout Utah. 
Liv Schroeder is the Fridays for Future U.S. Co-Executive Director and Policy Director, and a core activist remobilizing the Fridays for Future movement in the United States. Additionally, Liv is the Co-Founder and Director of US Strike Coalition, a grassroots network of organizations fighting for climate and social justice across the United States uniting to strategize, collaborate & mobilize. Liv serves as the Zero Hour National Communications Director.
Mars Vazquez-Plyshevsky is a rising junior at Hunter College High School. They are a social justice advocate with a focus on climate justice, and economic reform. Mars Vazquez-Plyshevsky is a core member of Friday’s For Future NYC where they facilitate onboarding and external relations working groups, as well as organize city-wide walkouts on global strike days. In May of 2022, they spoke at a Heart17 event at the UN event on the topic of youth activism in the climate sphere. They are also affiliated with the organizations Treeage, Kids Fight Climate Change, and do volunteer work for other community focused organizations in their free time, such as their local chapter of Food Not Bombs.
Temple of Understanding Summer Internship Program
Meet our 2022 TOU summer interns! We are very pleased to welcome interns virtually from around the world this summer with a unique variety of backgrounds and interests. Our interns have begun to explore many topics - ecological justice, women’s initiatives, interfaith education, human rights, and more. They have also spent several days virtually attending meetings at the UN and meeting with a number of interesting speakers from the UN system, including UNODA, UNFPA, and several NGOs to discuss important topics and dive into the work of the Temple of Understanding. The interns have especially appreciated participating in the Temple of Understanding’s EFJA Dialogues on taking action now through climate youth activism. In addition, they have participated in two religious site visits to learn about Sikhism and Won Buddhism. We are looking forward to continuing our conversations and research this summer, attending HLPF meetings and side events, and teaching youth about the TOU and the UN. At the end of the program, we are excited to have each intern share a final project, and we hope you will join us for these presentations!
Amy Pacula, Director of Summer Internship Program, Temple of Understanding.

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"Action Now! Climate Youth Activism"
Recorded June 23, 2022
Dialogue with Anisa Bek Derna, Project Mulan, LIBYA
Ahmed Elhadj Taieb, Youth for Climate, TUNISIA
Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Youth Advocates for Climate Action, PHILIPPINES
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