15-minute TED talk. As a high school student, Aji Piper joined with other students in the fight to combat global warming. Together, they sued the Washington State Department of Ecology and won a ruling to enact new regulatory standards. Now, they are taking their fight to the next level by challenging the Federal government. Piper believes that the future is here today in the voices of the young and that children have a role to play in guiding policy for the planet they will inherit.
Aji Piper,17, grew up in the woods of the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington. From his upbringing, Aji developed a deep love and connection to the forest and waters of the Pacific Northwest. His activism began when he learned about oil trains coming through his city and along the coast and he was driven to take part in protests and legislative hearings. He uses songs he wrote and his ukulele to speak about environmental issues. He also serves his community by sitting on the Earth Guardians national RYSE council, and serving as the President of Plant for the Planet a nonprofit dedicated to fighting climate change through planting trees.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.