East­ern Tech ju­nior speaks at UN head­quar­ters

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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.

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