As we experience record-breaking temperatures, could anything have been more timely than...Generations Align, hosted by Remy's Good Day Fund, in partnership with YUCCA? This inspirational conversation was held at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture on June 30, 2023.
The panel discussion addressed today's #1 global crisis, climate change, with a conversation between generations expressing concern and hope for a healthy planet.
Attendees were enthusiastic about the engagement of the generational voices. Please read the comments below from a few who shared their thoughts.
These opinions and others have convinced Remy's Good Day Fund that Generations Align will be the first in a series of panel discussions.
In deep gratitude for all who participated...our superb moderator and panelists, YUCCA, sponsors and audience,
This live panel discussion included:
Seneca Johnson served as panel moderator.
Seneca (she/her) is a 21-year-old Indigenous community organizer at the nonprofit Earth Care. She has been involved with social justice and community organizing since the age of 15, and in 2019 worked with other youth and Earth Care staff to co-found YUCCA. Seneca is from the Mvskoke and Seminole Nations of Oklahoma and grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated from the Santa Fe Indian School in 2020, with a full-ride scholarship from the Gates Foundation to Yale University. Seneca majors in Environmental Studies, and is excited to continue to serve her community.
Paula Gianturco is an author/photographer, whose 7th illustrated book about women activists around the world was co-authored with her granddaughter, Avery Sangster. When wild fires caused by climate change burned near her home in LA, Avery organized her 6th grade friends to create a website about the climate crisis, and to convince their school cafeteria to use bamboo (vs. plastic) utensils.
When new research showed that women are especially effective at improving the environment, Avery and her grandmother decided to interview and photograph 27 women and girl climate leaders in ten countries (from Sweden to Sri Lanka) for their book, “COOL: Women Leaders Reversing Global Warming.
Larry L. Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City. His most recent book is The Planet You Inherit: Letters To My Grandchildren When Uncertainty’s A Sure Thing.
This book was recently the winner of the 2023 Nautilus Gold Prize for best 2022 book in Ecology & Environment. His book, Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics In A New Key, received the Nautilus Gold Prize for Ecology/Environment and the Nautilus Grand Prize for best 2014 book overall (27 categories).
Kathy ‘Wan Povi’ Sanchez is a community activist from San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. Kathy has worked on women’s issues related to culture, the environment, and social change for most of her life. She was among the co-founding mothers of Tewa Women United, a group that raises awareness about issues relating to colonization. She has served as their Environmental Health & Justice Program Manager (EH/EJ). The EH/EJ program supports community gardens and seed sovereignty in an effort to expose young people to farming, because their valley has a rich agricultural history.
Ada is a student at Albuquerque Academy headed into her junior year. In eighth grade she started a Climate Club at her school. Ada is a climate activist and artist.
She has cared about climate change all her life because she loves spending time outdoors and wants to preserve the natural world. She also cares about climate change because she doesn’t want those who are inheriting Earth to have to solve this problem later even though they didn’t contribute to it.
Magnificent is an 18-year-old student entering his sophomore year at UNM. He’s been active with the Global Warming Express/Emergency since he was nine and has been involved in representing the group by giving speeches and accepting awards, recording audio for climate change reading material, and writing an article for the Santa Fe Reporter about one of the group’s very own youth activists.
Magnificent plans to attend the Climate Sciences Program provided by his school in his second year.
Jazmín’s family is from Aguascalientes, México. She is a leader of YUCCA, where they work as a powerful collective of youth of color to save their future and mitigate the climate crisis.
Their work is born from the passion to fight back against policies and other systemic issues that allow the climate crisis to prevail. She strongly believes in empowering young people such as herself through education, justice, and community organizing.