#12 Ra'eed Ali 🇫🇯 - Fighting for our planet and social justice
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🎤 “Tokenism was definitely a large challenge. For all policies, we ensure that the most vulnerable and young people are not only consulted, but part of the development, implementation and monitoring process”.


🇫🇯 Ra’eed Ali is known as “The Plastics Guy” in Fiji for his impact with Precious Plastic Fiji, the social enterprise he co-founded. He’s also a youth advocate with the Alliance for Future Generations, a climate activist with 350.org Fiji and was the proud Fiji youth representative for the COP24 and COY14 in Poland!

💪 We discuss how he got into all these international, regional and national networks and how he’s leveraging on them to engage the youth in Fiji and make a difference. Ra’eed shares why his life is all about environmental protection and social justice and all the things that made him connect to his own power of action.


❤️ TIMELINE:

4’ - On which side is the Fiji flower?

7’ - Being humble and not taking things for granted

13’ - Leading a disaster response at 12 years old

26’ - The birth and growth of Precious Plastic Fiji

38’ - Representing Fiji at the COP24 (Conference of Parties)

48’ - Connecting with your own power of action as a youth

54’ - How to lead the biggest youth-led movement on sustainable development in Fiji

60’ - Lessons learned during his incredible journey

71’ - You don’t need to reinvent the wheel

81’ - Why Fiji will save the world


🗒️ References:

-Ra’eed is the youngest TEDx speaker in Fiji at TEDxSuva - “Youth and Innovative Practises: The Key to Saving our Environment”.

-Ra’eed was featured on a Fijian podcast: Beyond The Narrative, Episode 10 - “Believe In Your Potential”.

-COP24 and COY14 in Poland (2018): the Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Conference of Youth (COY) aims to strengthen the international youth climate movement. Both the COP and COY happen every year to advance the global climate negotiations.

-Ra’eed was inspired by Boyen Slat, a Dutch teenager who founded The Ocean Cleanup

-Start a Precious Plastic hub in your country.

-Check 350.org Fiji’s community fridge initiative.

-Get inspired by the Alliance for Future Generations, the biggest youth-led movement for sustainable development in Fiji.

-We speak about Episode #1 with Linka, Episode #4 with Shomy and Episode #14 with Heeta (coming).


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