Disability Justice is Climate Justice. These six youth activists are focusing their work on tackling the interconnectedness between disability and climate justice. We must create a sustainable world which is just and accessible for all people.
Z Frohna, Izzy Laderman, Madeline Crowley, Samantha Hurley, Eleanor Dolan and Daphne Frias are all fighting for this world. Here’s a little bit about them and how you can support their work.
1. Z Frohna
Affiliated Organizations: OneUpAction, The People’s Power Movement
Follow Z on instagram: @zeepersthewriter
Z is a 19-year-old writer, artist, and activist, currently based in Los Angeles, on stolen Tongva Land, where she works towards climate, disability, and queer justice.
Support Z’s work by: “following it, taking the time to read it, and sharing it” here: https://linktr.ee/zmkf
2. Izzy Laderman
Affiliated Organizations: Disability Awareness Around the Climate Crisis
Izzy is a 17-year-old disability justice activist currently based in Duluth, Minnesota. She has Ehlers Danlos syndrome which, among other challenges, causes her chronic pain and can limit her mobility- a reason why she sometimes uses mobile aids. Izzy’s work focuses on how disability justice intersects with climate justice and sex education.
Support Izzy’s work by: “following @daaclimatecrisis on Instagram, educating yourself, attending webinars and workshops, and making sure to include and center people with disabilities and our voices. The first step is to simply think of us and include us. Add our community to the list of many others affected disproportionately by the climate crisis.”
3. Madeline Crowley
Follow Madeline on Instagram: @UrFavDisabledGal
Madeline is a 21-year-old rising senior at the University of Florida studying Linguistics, Education Sciences, and Disability Studies. She is currently researching the wellness and healing of different social identity groups and interns at a disability rights organization.
Support Madeline’s work by: “following [her] on social media @UrFavDisabledGal on instagram. [She] posts content discussing a wide array of disability topics including identity, accessibility, current societal happenings, and more.”
4. Samantha Hurley
Affiliated Organization: Access the Polls, ZeroHour
Follow Samantha on instagram: @itssamanthahurley
Samantha is a 17-year-old rising senior in high school who is a legally blind social justice activist. Her work in disability spaces ranges from serving as the Director of Communications of the organization “Access the Polls,” which works towards increasing disabled access to Civic Engagement, to uploading sporadically to her youtube channel. Additionally, she is part of ZeroHour’s music and songwriting teams, which use popular culture to encourage a culture shift regarding climate change/justice.
Support Samantha’s work by: “promising to include Disabled people in your organizing, narrative, and leadership. Keep our community included in your content intake whether that’s through Instagram or news articles, hear our voices, and consider our experiences that may seem so abstract, and remember that we are valid.” She also specifically recommends this resource: “https://www.instagram.com/p/CDfEOLeAMk6/“
5. Eleanor Dolan
Affiliated Organizations: MN Youth Climate Strike
Follow Eleanor on Instagram: @eleanor.dolan
Eleanor is a 17-year-old queer disabled youth organizer focusing on change making in her community in Minnesota. They focus on the intersections of social justice and climate organizing and are currently working on mutual aid projects as well as justice issues within her school district.
Support Eleanor’s work by: “Listening to all disabled organizers. We are not the same and our disabilities are unique and we are unique in our needs so create space to listen to us without judgement. The best way to do this, uplift our voices and involve us in planning and organizing. Also, understand that small things may exhaust us or we may get sick and be out for a week, give us the space and time our bodies need.”
6. Daphne Frias
Affiliated Organizations: Safe Bae, Box the Ballot
Follow Daphne on Instagram: @frias_daphne
Daphne Frias is a 22 year old organizer, passionate about ending the climate crisis. As a proud disabled Latina she has seen firsthand how her communities have been disproportionately impacted by the crisis. As a result, she is committed to amplifying their voices in this movement.
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