Speaker: Kimia Ghomeshi
Topic: World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
When: August 13, 2010
Event: Climate Change Conference 2010
Kimia Ghomeshi is an Iranian-Canadian currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Her passion and commitment to environmental and climate justice was sparked after her participation in a Community Environmental Leadership Program in high school, and further ignited through her volunteer experiences in Costa Rica and Panama where communities are facing the devastating effects of large scale agricultural production.
She has been involved with the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition since 2007, first as a council member and then as a campaigner. In the past year, she was part of the organizing team for Power Shift Canada, a climate change youth gathering that brought together 700 youth from across Canada, as well as the Canadian Youth Delegation to Copenhagen with a primary role in coordinating direct actions.
She most recently coordinated CYCC'S G20 campaign, supporting youth mobilization and actions for climate and environmental justice. She is part of Rainforest
Action Network's Toronto chapter, working on the Freedom From Oil campaign, and a member of the Community Solidarity Response Toronto advocating for environment justice in the global extractive industry. She participated in the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, a people’s summit hosted by the Bolivian government in direct response to the exclusion of indigenous peoples and the global south in Copenhagen.
Inspired by the participatory, community-led process that made the people’s summit a success, Kimia is organizing local people’s assemblies on climate justice along with several other organizers to ensure that people in Canada are fully involved in determining real, rights-based solutions to climate change for their communities. Kimia believes that environmental justice will come from building a real participatory democracy in Canada, from a commitment to social equality for all, and only when we learn to live in harmony with mother earth.