Lauren Johnson is from Madison, Wisconsin and is super excited to join the ACE Fellowship! She loves meeting new people and discussing environmental issues through Madison’s Youth Climate Action Team (YCAT) and La Follette High School’s Green Club. She got involved with climate justice work because she loves Madison’s beautiful lakes but hates seeing them covered with algae because of warming temperatures. Madison’s lakes have also flooded and destroyed homes due to increased rainfall.
However, the reason Lauren continued to stay involved in this work was because she started learning more about the impacts climate change has on communities worldwide. She learned that although her city’s lake situation is unfortunate, there are so many people around the world fighting effects of climate change that are so much worse. She hopes to build connections with other young climate advocates from different regions and work with them to create solutions and better policies for everyone!