The unprecedented global health crisis we are facing is affecting all parts of society and changing lives and livelihoods. In times of need, from climate change and natural disasters to the current COVID-19 pandemic, youth have been quick to take action and respond to the needs of their communities. That is why the Local2030 Island Network, WE Empower partner Hawaii Green Growth and Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU convened a panel of island and indigenous youth to have a solution-oriented conversation on responding to COVID-19 and building back better, harnessing their creativity and innovation.
Moderated by indigenous youth climate justice activist, Xiye Bastida, the panel featured youth leaders from across five islands: Shea Alexander (British Virgin Islands), Kyle Dahiling (Guam), Nanea Keli’I (Hawaii), Selina Neirok Leem (Republic of the Marshall Islands), and Sapphire Vital (Dominica). WE Empower co-chair and former UN Ambassador Amanda Ellis, Director of Global Partnerships for Global Futures Laboratory at ASU, served as the panel respondent and UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action, Selwin Hart, gave the closing remarks. Listen to the discussion to hear the ideas the youth leaders share.