In this episode of The Public Circle Podcast I connect with youth climate activist Emma-Jane Burian.
We recorded this conversation in late Fall 2019 and admittedly I have been slow in publishing it. No matter, here it is.
Burian is a grade 12 student who lives in Victoria but grew up in Burnaby with the Trans Mountain pipeline running through her backyard. She asks a lot of questions and as she learned of the risks of pipelines and climate change she became more active.
Emma-Jane’s passion is clearly evident in this conversation. We discuss her efforts,
- Organizing with Our Earth Our Future Victoria,
- Organizing with Climate Strike Canada, a grassroots, cross-country, youth-led group coordinating climate strikes, and
- Participating in the City of Victoria Youth Council.
It is inspiring to hear how Burian and her peers invest their time in raising awareness on the “biggest issue of our generation” and the challenges of developing voting structures for a consensus-driven democratic organization.
Emma-Jane’s goal is to work on social justice issues as a human rights lawyer. I wish her all the best as she pursues her education in political science and philosophy.