Aniya Butler

Aniya Butler

Lead Circle Member & Coordinator of the Hip Hop & Climate Justice Iniative
Youth Vs Apocalypse

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About this Speaker

Hey! My name is Aniya, I am 14 years old, and a lead circle member of Youth Vs Apocalypse. I am from Oakland, California. (occupied Ohlone Territory). I've been organizing with YVA since September 2019. I am also a poet and spoken word artist. I have been writing poetry since I was 8 and performing spoken word since I was 10. I got into the climate justice movement after learning that it wasn't only an issue that was going to threaten us in the future, but that people are already being affected and dying from it NOW. I learned that this community is Black and Indigenous communities that are already vulnerable in this society. Through my poetry, I speak about the effects of climate change, the intersectionality between climate justice and social justice, and why we need to take action now. Climate change is the outcome of the oppressive systems that our country has been founded on. To achieve climate justice, we must tackle these oppressive foundational systems at the root.

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