HIGHLIGHT: Wisconsin Youth Activists

Jennifer Gonzalez


December 14, 2021

WI Activists

Wisconsin’s climate is changing. In the past century, most of the state has warmed about two degrees (F). Heavy rainstorms are becoming more frequent, and ice cover on the Great Lakes is forming later or melting sooner. In the coming decades, the state will have more extremely hot days, which may harm public health in urban areas and corn harvests in rural areas.

We’d like to introduce you to some youth climate activists based in Wisconsin and what issues are most important to them and their community.

Sofia Marquez


“As a youth climate activist in Wisconsin, issues of climate change have been more prevalent in recent years. Snow and rain storms are more frequent and severe, heavy rainfall overwhelm sewers and wastewater treatment plants, polluting Lake Michigan where Milwaukeeans gets their water, warmer weather throughout the year, Fall temperatures are extending into winter months…All of these changes are hard for everyone to adjust to and prepare for.”

Julian Arenas


“Wisconsin has the chance to pass bold legislation that deals with the climate emergency. Our state’s economy is so dependent on agriculture that looming climate disasters and worsening runoff pollution could cause immediate devastation. Communities of already-marginalized people are experiencing the worst effects of climate change and will continue to if the situation worsens. The opportunity to stand up for my community with other youth activists to demand and create change motivates me to fight for a safe future.”

Hana Razvi


“I consider the lack of climate education in primary and secondary schools in my community to be a huge issue. I feel as though there could be more action taken to encourage students to learn about global issues regarding the environment. That way, each generation can see the impact humans have on the earth.”

Lillian Alburg


“I started getting involved with climate activism last year, and in that time I’ve seen my role change. I started as just a member of a club, and now I’m leading an action team at my school, trying to declare a climate emergency in Milwaukee. My role has changed, but my passion hasn’t. I’m honored to be working to stop climate change right here in Wisconsin.”

Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez

Associate Director of Storytelling

Jennifer is the Associate Director of Storytelling at ACE where she leads ACE's storytelling work and produces videos that inspire climate action among youth. Based in Los Angeles, she holds a M.S. in Professional Media Management and Digital Documentary as well as a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University. She likes biking, gardening and going to baseball games and soccer matches.

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