India
Avik
Roy

Philippines
Carlie
Labaria

New Zealand
David
Tong

Kenya
Edna
Odhiambo

Nigeria
Hamzat
Lawal

Fiji
Krishneil
Narayan

Poland
Michalina
Golinczak

Ukraine
Olga
Monchak

Brazil
Raquel
Rosenberg

MENA
Tariq
Al Olaimy

Peru
VerÓnica
Villena

China
Jiang
Wei

Poland hosted the year’s 19th Conference of Parties (or COP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw. This round of climate negotiations presented huge challenges and huge opportunities to spark momentum toward the global climate action plan set to be agreed in Paris in 2015. The Global Call for Climate Action awarded Fellowships to 12 exceptional young people who attended COP19 and publicly tracked the roles their governments played. In addition to closely following the climate change negotiations from the inside, they worked with blogs, social media channels and mainstream media outlets around the world to cut through the abstruse acronyms and diplomatic abstraction, get to the heart of these crucial issues, and share in ways that people could relate to.

Avik Roy (@avikroy5) – tracking India
Avik Roy is a journalist working with The Pioneer newspaper in New Delhi. He writes fortnightly columns on environment and climate change issues, mainly focused on impact of fossil fuel industries on ecology and the livelihoods of communities; as well as human rights and environment justice. Avik is a Journalism & Mass Communication graduate and Thomson Reuters trained. Avik is also a Greenpeace activist and a ‘Global Powershifter’.
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David Tong (@Davidxvx) – tracking New Zealand
David is an experienced New Zealand lawyer, now working towards his Masters of Laws and about to start work as an associate at a boutique Geneva human rights law practice. He was one of two founding co-chairs of the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association and a founding trustee of P3 Foundation, New Zealand’s youth movement against extreme poverty. He was also a New Zealand Youth Delegate to the 2011 Durban talks.
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Carlie Labaria (@carlielabaria) – tracking Philippines
Carlie Labaria is a development scientist from the Philippines, specializing on environmental policy research on biodiversity conservation and human communities, and on capacity-building for climate change adaptation & disaster risk reduction. Belonging to a country progressively experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change, she believes that ambition for climate solutions must be raised and commitments pursued with the same unrelenting intensity as the storms that hit her nation.
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Edna Odhiambo (@OdhiamboEdna) – tracking Kenya
Edna Odhiambo is working to become a leader in environmental law. Her conviction to pursue sustainable development led to a focus on climate activism and innovations on clean energy investments. She works on disaster response law with the Kenya Red Cross, and previously worked on Climate Change Coordination in the office of Kenya’s Prime Minister. Edna’s aspiration is to lead the world toward low carbon economies for a sustainable future.
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Hamzat Lawal (@Hamzy12) – tracking Nigeria
Hamzat Lawal is an activist from Nigeria, passionate about the environment & how it contributes to Africa’s development. He is a social media enthusiast and has contributed to advocacy efforts on shaping Nigeria’s climate change policies while inspiring a grassroots movement through raising awareness. Hamzat believes that young people in the African continent is strategic in achieving the fight against climatic threats. He works for ICEED, Nigeria’s leading energy & environment organization.
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Jiang Wei (@AaN_Davidjw) – tracking China
Jiang Wei is a project officer of CYCAN in charge of international exchanges & climate policy and communications. He’s an accredited trainee of Carbon Trade and Low-carbon management Advanced Course of Beijing Environment Exchange. In the past Wei served as CYCAN’s delegation leader during COP18, he was a designated speaker at China Pavilion; and PR director for the 5th International Youth Summit on Climate & Energy.
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Krishneil Narayan (@Krish_Narayan) – tracking Fiji
Krishneil Narayan is from Fiji. He is a consultant on climate change and sustainable development tracking UNFCCC, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Pacific regional issues. Krishneil is a veteran in UNFCCC negotiations, having attended COP15, COP16 and other UNFCCC meetings. He is also the Director of Project Survival Pacific: Fiji’s Youth Climate Movement and part of SIDS youth network, working towards the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
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Michalina Golinczak (@mgolinczak) – tracking Poland
Michalina Golinczak is a social activist, she’s a co-editor for a Polish non-profit socio-political journal called Recykling Idei and a member of the newly established Polish Youth Climate Network. She began tracking Poland’s role in the UN climate talks with the Adopt a Negotiator Project at a UNFCCC meeting in June of 2013. She founded and maintains a blog on Polish climate politics called Ale Klimat!.
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Olga Monchak (@yukie_yolka) – tracking Ukraine
Olga Monchak is a сlimate activist, ecologist and sustainable urban art amateur. In 2012 Olga developed joint implementation projects under Kyoto Protocol for Ukrainian industrial objects. Since May 2012, Olga worked with a team of dedicated activists to found the Ukrainian Youth Climate Association, which is building a Ukrainian climate movement within Global Power Shift Phase 2.
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Raquel Rosenberg (@Raq_Rosenberg) – tracking Brazil
Raquel is founder of Engajamundo, an organization aimed empowering and engage young Brazilians in international negotiations. She’s well connected to young climate activists across Latin America and globally, having attended the School of Activism, Global Power Shift, and CliMates’ Latin American Youth Workshop for Climate this year. In the past, Raquel worked with The BRICS Institute & founded the University Committee for Rio +20. She was born and lives in Brazil.
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Tariq Al Olaimy (@tariqal) – tracking MENA (the Middle East & North Africa)
Tariq is a social entrepreneur and biomimicry specialist based in Bahrain. He co-founded the social impact consultancy & think-do-tank called 3BL Associates, which is focused on the sustainable and regenerative development of the MENA region. He helped found & helps coordinator the Arab Youth Climate Movement in Bahrain. Tariq is also working with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung to create an Arab World Position Policy Paper for COP19 and beyond.
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Verónica Villena (@vero_villena) – tracking Peru
Verónica is an economist based in Lima. She works with national & regional governments in Peru to incorporate climate adaptation into the planning process. She also works with the Peruvian government in preparation for the efficient use of international climate finance. She’s combining her experience in the public & private sector to help ensure Peru makes the most of it’s pivotal role as host of next year’s Conference of Parties (COP20).
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