Annie Willis temporarily resides in the Bronx, New York. She is a senior at Long Island City High School in Astoria, New York. In 2012, her life took a turn for the worst when Superstorm Sandy reached her home in the Rockaways. Annie and her family are still displaced to this day and because of that, Annie’s motivation for changing policy to combat climate change is inspired by experiencing devastating long lasting events due to extreme weather.
Currently, her passion is trying to implement climate education in the New York State school curriculum. As an Action Fellow with Global Kids and ACE she has participated in the People’s Climate March along with rallies and press conferences at City Hall. One highlight of her climate activist journey was being a guest panelist for 350.org New York "Why the U.S. Must Lead" event during the week of the United Nation’s Climate Summit in 2014.
In the future she hopes to continue her work of being an environmentalist and a human rights activist. In college she plans to study International Politics and Economics in order to further connect policy and social change. During her free time, Annie enjoys cooking for friends and family and reading. She is also a member of her school's golf team.