“I had always been aware of climate change but never really thought I could do anything about it. Then, when I was in high school, I attended the One Planet Youth Summit in Rohnert Park, Calif. I saw people taking on projects that they were passionate about, and I was inspired. I went back to my high school and started an Earth club.
“In 2021 I went up to Minnesota to protest the construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline. For three months I lived at three different Indigenous-led resistance camps and helped plan direct actions to try to stop this pipeline. That was when I realized I could really dedicate myself to the environmental justice movement instead of doing it as a side thing.
“At times, the climate crisis can feel hopeless, but I still have to do something. I want to commit myself fully to environmental justice, knowing that it’s the right thing to do, even if I don’t see the impact of my actions in my lifetime.”
Lucy London is a core organizer of Fossil Free NU. London also helped organize the all-night, student-led event Generations of Environmental Justice, which took place on Earth Day 2022. The event educated students and community members on the history and future of environmental justice, with a focus on resistance by Indigenous and Black communities.