Brianna Fruean. Photographer - Alexia Rae
Brianna Fruean. Photographer - Alexia Rae

29 December, 2017. Samoa – At only 11yrs old, she was a founding member of 350.Samoa, a grassroots climate change movement, at 14 she was Pacific Youth Ambassador to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, at 16 she was the youngest ever winner of the Commonwealth Youth Award, and today she continues to advocate on climate change issues for Samoa and the wider Pacific. 2017 was Brianna’s first year at university in NZ, on top of repping Pacific youth at several international conferences. We asked her to share her reflections on another busy year.

What career/professional achievement are you most proud of for 2017? 

Being a part of the Pacific Climate Warriors #HaveYourSei campaign has been one of my 2017 highlights.

All the stories of climate impact in people’s lives and eagerness to join the movement for climate justice that came out of the campaign inspired me, and I was extremely proud to be apart of it.

What’s one of your goals for 2018? 

One of my goals is to share and create more space for young Pacific voices.

I’ve been blessed with a lot of opportunities in 2017 and in 2018 I want to share more of those opportunities or better yet fight for more opportunities and spaces for Pacific youth to be heard.

Any advice for other Pasifika youth looking to get involved in taking better care of our planet?

It’s not as hard as you think! Getting involved can start with a google search. Look up ways to live more sustainably, ask your grandparents how they used to do it, search up movements you can join, sign online petitions, DM (direct message) fellow environmental activists and start seeing yourself as someone who can actually change the world.

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