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CHANGEmakers: Grace Maddrell takes action for young LGBTQ+ people and solo strikers

WONKedition's interview series CHANGEmakers highlights Gen Zers that are taking action to change the world.
July 2020
Meet the founder of Queer and Here For You, an initiative supporting young LGBTQ+ people, and co-founder of Solo But Not Alone, a network for solo climate strikers.

Who are you?
My name is Grace Maddrell and I'm a 14-year-old queer climate and equality activist and writer from Somerset, England. (She/her)

What kind of change are you working for?
I am working for systemic change, and this includes a lot of things. I fight for a proper response, for proper action, on the climate crisis, and for climate justice, which means we also have to build a better world through our response to the climate crisis. This has to include equality for everyone.

Why did you start working for that?
I started fighting for the climate because I emotionally woke up to the situation and realised my future was endangered and that many are suffering right now. I started fighting for equality because I know we should be equal, and because as an LGBTQ+ person I need equality to be able to live my life as my authentic self.

Where do you see yourself and your work one year from now?
I don't know where I'll be. To be honest, one year from now I'll probably still be doing what I am now. But I HOPE there will have been more action taken.

Follow Queer and Here For You and Solo But Not Alone.

Read also CHANGEmakers: Kriti Sarav’s WhyFI Matter$ gives teens money skills. And check out Generation Action will save the world.

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