Sophia Kianni became involved in climate activism after noting the damaging impact climate changes were having on her home country of Iran. Noting that resources and information about climate change were primarily in English, she founded the non-profit Climate Cardinals to develop information in different languages to inform world residents across the globe about the need to make a change to save the planet. Volunteers of her organization provide information about climate change in more than 40 countries.
Kianni's work has been recognized by the United Nations. She is the youngest member of the UN Climate Change Youth Advisory Group.
Why you should book Sophia Kianni for your next event
- Audiences are interested in Sophia’s Kianni’s drive to save the planet. Her passionate speeches about the need to inform global citizens about the dangers of climate change inspire listeners to get involved.
- Kianni’s story helps listeners to view climate change through a global lens. As an experienced TEDx speaker, she brings climate activism to worldwide audiences.
- She’s been featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including BBC, CNN, TIME Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post, NBC, and The Guardian.
Sophia Kianni is in her early 20s. Her desire to create resources for world populations about the climate crisis has placed her on the global stage. While in middle school, Kianni noticed one night that smog in her native homeland of Tehran, Iran obscured the stars. This memorable incident sparked her interest in the cause and eventually led her to become one of the leading voices of climate activism in the world.
After pollution and adverse climate events in Iran peaked Kianni’s interest in climate change, she noticed that most of the resources on the subject matter were in English, which left much of the world uninformed about the crisis. Her youth-led non-profit organization, Climate Cardinals is recognized across the globe for its work developing resources for more than 40 countries. By translating climate resources into different languages, the group is one of the leading climate change activist organizations in the world.
Kianni is a student studying society, science, and technology at Stanford University. She was one of the 21 under 20 for Teen Vogue, a Young Explorer for National Geographic, and VICE Media’s Human of the Year. She is also the youngest member of the United Nation’s Cimate Change Youth Advisory Group.
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