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Grace Vegesana

I am the first Western Sydney Organiser for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Organising Support Officer for Democracy in Colour, and a proud 21 year old woman-of-colour fighting for climate & racial justice on stolen Dharug, Gundungurra and Tharawal land across Western Sydney. I have previously worked with Future Super, Australia’s first fossil fuel free superfund and instigated the Not Business as Usual Alliance where 3000+ Australian businesses striked for the September 20 Climate Strike, because we should not have to pick between our paycheck and the planet.

I am also currently studying a double degree of Environmental & Climate Science and Law at Macquarie University, which enables me to understand both the science behind climate change and the social structures that uphold our current society. I believe deeply in the power of communities to become self-reliant and create the solutions they need. I am passionate about working in the intersection of climate and racial justice to build the power of young people in culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse and climate-affected communities in Australia to forge generation-wide solutions to the climate crisis at a systemic level.