|11 May 2023
|The Judging Academy (GTP)
Grace Vegesana (she/they) is a 23 year old woman-of-colour fighting for climate, economic & racial justice on stolen Dharug, Gundungurra and Tharawal land across Western Sydney, Australia. She is pioneering an intersectional portfolio as the Climate & Racial Justice Director for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). She sits on the Boards of the Foundation for Young Australians, the Australian Conservation Foundation and Sweltering Cities.
She believes in a better, brighter, and more climate-resilient world for young people to inherit and thrive in, and works to bring those dreams into reality through supporting grassroots movements in culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse and climate-affected communities in Australia to forge generation-wide solutions to intersecting crises at a systemic level.
Teachers foster the best in all of us - they see our potential, they shape our worldview, and they give us the tools to build the world we want to see. I wouldn't be who I am without teachers who provided the wraparound support to recognise my passions and interests, and champion the pathways in life for me to thrive in working with other young people on the climate crisis.