Claire Morris, 23, from Abingdon, is one of over 100 young people from around the world competing for a Date With History. Each person, between the ages of 13 and 30 has entered a video, a vision of “The Future We Want”, which is the theme of the UN Summit. 20 years ago, a young 12-year-old girl from Canada silenced the world for 5 minutes with her speech to world leaders and negotiators of 192 UN member states. Now Claire is in the running to do the same.
With your votes here and now, for Claire’s vision, we could be listening to a voice from Oxfordshire addressing the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio next month.
Claire has been part of the World Council of Churches Youth for Eco-Justice programme, and is an active member of the global Major Group of Children and Youth to the UNCSD, so she is well-informed and well-placed to speak for youth all over the world, and make sure that everyone’s priorities are included. She also travelled on the African Youth Climate Justice Caravan last November, so she has experienced Climate Change firsthand, and lived alongside impacted communities. Claire needs to be in the top 6 number of votes to get to the jury stage of the competition, so your vote counts.
The voting closes on Sunday May 6th, so please vote now!
Claire is also continuing to support young people she met in Africa… and this week, launched an ambitious crowd-sourced fundraising campaign to fund travel expenses for Njideka from Nigeria, Alpha from Kenya and James from Malawi to travel to the World Youth Congress and the Earth Summit in Rio. The vision is to get 200 donations of $20 (£15) in 2 weeks, from people in developed countries all around the world, so it is not only young people from Europe and America who will have the opportunity to defend their future in Rio.
Make a donation and find out more at http://www.indiegogo.com/RioPlusAfrica.