Outreach Coordinator for Fridays for Future Massachusetts, Member of Fridays for Future USA, US Youth Climate Strike and Boston Climate Strike. Thirteen years old.
Q: What do you value most in your many different areas of activism work?
A: One of the main things I focus on in all my activism is intersectionality. It is very important to me that the people who are most affected by the climate crisis are at the forefront of the movement. I also value calling out the oppressive systems that got us in this climate crisis in the first place (eg., colonialism, imperialism, etc.). Too often, it has been the case that people from marginalized faiths, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, etc. have not felt welcome in the climate movement, and that is something that needs to change.
Q: Why did you start standing up?
A: I started activism very recently, around 2 years ago, when political tensions were high.
I was very angry and upset with the political state of our country, and I needed a place to channel that.
When I was informed of a climate strike that would be taking place in my town, I was immediately inclined to join. After attending the strike and meeting such dedicated, passionate youth like myself, I became very passionate about the cause. As I began to follow Boston based and nationwide climate movements on social media, ways to get involved started piling in. Before I knew it, I was helping to organize strikes and making a real change in the world. Activism has helped me through so many challenging situations in life, and I am forever thankful for it.
Q: What are you up to next?
A: My next steps are to get more involved with local political campaigns (congressional and senate) to make positive changes in government! I also hope to participate in more public speaking opportunities.
Q: What is one thing that you would want future activists to know?
A: I think the message I’d want to send to youth is that
...age can never define how much change you can make in the world.
No matter the age, if you are passionate, you should act.
To learn more about Nidhi's work, follow their Instagram and Twitter @inamdarnidhi and check out the different climate strike organizations that they're a part of!