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Gen Z radiates activism

With COP26 currently underway and feeling like a whole lot of lip service and not a lot of action, Gen Z knows activism is not just something they do, but really part of who they are. From politics and media to the climate crisis, passion and first-hand experience drive digital-savvy Gen Z to ensure their voices are heard worldwide. Today, we’re highlighting three Gen Z activists, besides the great Gretha Thunberg, who have taken their own life experiences and are using them to move society into the brighter future they imagine.

SAGE DOLAN-SANDRINO

After experiencing pushback in middle school as her transition began, 20-year-old Afro-Latinx activist Sage Dolan-Sandrino took the life challenge and used it to launch into activism. Working with the Human Rights Campaign, and later writing for Teen Vogue on gender identity and the trans community, Sage is now the co-founder of Team Mag. Run by and for young artists, Team Mag is creating a future where “black, brown, and queer narratives” are being told–in the pursuit of “a future where WE can drive, innovate, share, and build endlessly.”

DEJA FOXX

“Activist. Strategist. Future POTUS.” is the headline introducing Deja Foxx, the 21-year-old who’s tackled everything from sex education to politics. At 19, she was one of the youngest 2020 presidential campaign team members in modern history. Now, Foxx specializes in digital relational organizing as she uses the power of social media to organize people to take action at scale, a theory she applies to “everything from brands to nonprofits.”

MARINEL UBALDO

While many of us worry about the climate crisis’ future impact on coastlines, 24-year-old Marinel Ubaldo experienced it first hand. Growing up in the Philippines, her family was devastated by one of the deadliest super typhoons, a tragedy that moved her to activism. Now, Ubaldo is both a social worker and active climate activist in the Philippines, a place where activism is met with threats and intimidation even towards her family. Trained by former US Vice President Al Gore, Ubaldo speaks at global events highlighting why climate activism shouldn’t be on the agenda, but should be the agenda to prevent further “deprivation and violations of human rights.”