Victoria Barrett is from low-lying land in New York, which is threatened by rising sea levels and more frequent storm surges, and has felt firsthand climate impacts in the form of Hurricane Sandy, when her home lost power and her school and local transport shut down. Victoria has been learning about and fighting against the ways environmental racism and global climate justice manifest for 5 years now.
She is a Fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education, traveled to Paris to attend and speak at the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change, and is a plaintiff in the lawsuit brought by Our Children's Trust against the United States government for failing to act to protect our climate for future generations. Victoria is now an undergraduate student at UW-Madison. She currently sits on the diversity committee for the Nelson Institute to help advise and involve students of color in environmental activism, including action at the local level. She cares deeply about climate change, justice, and human rights, especially regarding the ways climate change affects young people like her.