Eastern Tech junior speaks at UN headquarters
On October 11, Eastern Tech junior Nadia Nazar, spoke at UN Headquarters in New York at the International Day of the Girl, “Girls Speak Out “event. Nazar serves as the Co-president for the Environmental Club at Eastern Tech as well as the Environmental Affairs Coordinator for Baltimore County Public Schools SGA. Additionally, she is the cofounder of a climate action based non-profit organization called Zero Hour. The group is comprised mostly of young women of color and its foundational goals are to educate all people about the impact that environmental change has on a global scale and to motivate individuals to make a difference at the household level. Over the summer, Zero Hour organized a Youth Climate Lobby day where group members met with US Senators urging them not to accept compensation from fossil fuel corporations. This event was followed by a Youth Climate Art Festival and a Youth Climate March in Washington, D.C., all organized by Nazar and fellow student leaders of Zero Hour. Nadia’s work with Zero Hour has gained national attention and she has had interviews for her work published in major newspapers like The New York Times and Huffington Post. Of her work Nazar says, “I’m very pleased we have been able to reach so many people. It’s definitely encouraging to see our membership and interest in Zero Hour grow, but the real victories have come through outreach to those who don’t necessarily consider the severe outcomes of environmental change.”
The “Girls Speak Out” event, at which Nazar spoke on behalf of Zero Hour, is an annual meeting which takes place on the International Day of the Girl (October 11). Nazar, along with representatives from the UN, UNICEF, and UNFPA, spoke to those in attendance about various issues that impact females all around the world. According to Nazar, the invitation to speak at the event was flattering but more importantly, it afforded her an opportunity to vocalize the mission of her group’s efforts. She spoke about how global climate change can intrude on girls’ education and increase sexual violence while also offering suggested solutions to some of these interrelated issues. “I felt it my duty to best represent frontline communities and my generation. I wanted to speak powerfully, as I was representing girls affected by climate change all around the world,” Nazar stated.