Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Keynote Conversation

Youth Climate Activists Strike for Hope and Aim to Educate

Read this article about youth climate activists and how they are mobilizing for the planet. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020
7 p.m. in Mundelein Auditorium

Keynote conversation with youth climate leaders
moderated by Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ's Worldview 

Kelsey Juliana
Tokata Iron Eyes


Twenty-three-year-old Kelsey Juliana is suing the United States government for her constitutional right to a livable planet. Teenager Tokata Iron Eyes organizes and advocates for indigenous rights and against fossil fuel interests as part of the Standing Rock Youth. Across the country, the climate crisis has mobilized young people to action.

Listen to their stories, respond, and become inspired to act on behalf of the planet during this year’s Keynote Conversation at Loyola’s sixth climate change conference.

In addition to our first-ever Keynote Conversation, this year’s conference will be plenary-style and center on grassroots activism.

Panel topics will include:

  • how climate change is driving displacement and the climate migrant’s plight,
  • an intergenerational conversation between our keynote climate activists and their mentors, 
  • climate advocacy through art, and
  • Chicago youth activists. 


Watch this highlight video and read these eight takeaways from our 2018 conference. Videos of all the presentations and photos from our 2018 conference are online.