Recently, Greta Thunberg has been making news and rightfully so. She’s so devoted to the fight against climate change, people, including world leaders, are really listening to her. But the battle for our planet’s brighter tomorrow is a difficult one and Greta needs company. Luckily, she has it. Of all the individuals who are on the same page as her, there are some young activists as well. Photographer, model and writer Darby Freeman tweeted out a couple of them: “Along with Greta Thunberg, three young climate activists of color you should know are Autumn Peltier, Mari Copeny, Xiye Bastida,” she wrote. “Don’t forget their names and include them in climate conversations.”

The Internet noticed. Darby’s tweet has already accumulated over 70K likes and 29K retweets. The best part, however, is that people are leaving comments with other important names in the activism game. If you ask me, that’s teamwork.

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Autumn Peltier

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Autumn Peltier (born 2004) is Anishinaabe-kwe and a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation as well as an internationally recognized advocate for clean water. Also known as the “water warrior,” Peltier addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly on the issue of water protection at the age of thirteen in 2018.

She began her advocacy on behalf of water at the age of eight after being inspired by her great aunt, Josephine Mandamin.

Mari Copeny

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Mari Copeny (also known as ‘Little Miss Flint’) is an 11 year-old activist who fights for the children of Flint, Michigan. At only 8 years old, Mari and her siblings were told not to turn on the water in their city after news broke of a water crisis. During this difficult time, instead of feeling helpless, Mari decided to help out her community and to fight for the kids in Flint and she has not stopped since.

Xiye Bastida

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Bastida has experienced the effects of climate change firsthand. She grew up around drought and then heavy rainfall and flooding in her hometown of San Pedro Tultepec, a town outside of Mexico City. When she and her family moved to New York City four years ago, she learned about the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Now, she has devoted herself to bringing diverse people together to stop the damage.

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Soon, people began sharing more important names

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People were really impressed by their efforts

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