We believe in the power of students to influence and unite the world on climate change.
IPECC stands for International Peer Education on Climate Change. We exist to educate youth about the basic science of climate change and its imminent and devastating consequences. We advocate for immediate radical action to reverse climate destabilization, and we believe in the importance of conscious decision-making, global unification, and environmental stewardship.
Peer education is key to our mission. Students are powerful influencers, especially among their peers. By joining IPECC, students will gain the leadership skills and scientific knowledge to have a positive influence on their peers and on the world.
The ones who took off with the vision of IPECC and made it a reality! Without these four, IPECC would not be where it is today.
Founder and Executive Director
Having spent her youth in the lush, green forests of the Puget Sound, Keaton has developed a passion for preserving our planet. Previously serving as a peer-educator for ASPEN (AIDS Student Peer Educating at Newport High School), she continues leading and inspiring change in her community at Georgetown University. Keaton has also witnessed the great influence students have on their peers, and believes in utilizing this power to engage more students in the movement against climate change. Her objective is to empower and link different bodies of students with the knowledge and tools needed to unite in this ongoing fight.
Financial Coordinator & Curriculum Developer
Thomas, currently a Sophomore at Gonzaga, initially became interested in climate change because he wanted to know more about the natural disasters that he saw occurring around the world. He studied climate change in a University of Washington climate change course and now wants to use his knowledge to educate others. Thomas joined IPECC to help fix the problem of climate change, and build on his leadership skills. He hopes that educating more students will lead our planet to a better future.
Co-Founder and WA State Administrator
Kavya is a Junior at Stanford University who aspires to follow a path in Climatology, with a focus on Environmental Policy. She is most concerned about the impact climate change has on not only the environment, but also the global community. She is excited to be a part of IPECC’s mission to educate and unite students to be empowered world citizens.
Kavya was first inspired to become an environmental activist when she took a University of Washington climate change course at her high school. She taught a lesson on the chemistry of ocean acidification to middle school students and hopes to continue educating students with IPECC. In her free time, Kavya loves to cook and run cross country on scenic trails.
Nika has worn many hats at IPECC, from Media & Content Manager to Curriculum Developer to Executive Director. With a BA in Politics and emphasis in Environmental Policy and Chinese Language, Nika is a strong advocate for global environmental issues. They spent their youth hiking and biking through Washington forests, and they are nostalgic for the days when honey bees filled the lavender bushes in their backyard. They firmly believe in IPECC’s mission to empower students to make a difference in the world.
Founders & Academic Mentors
These experts help keep the spirit of IPECC alive through their hard work and crucial guidance.
Founder & IPECC Mentor
Lisa is a dedicated teacher and mentor to students of all ages. Her long career in education has changed lives and opened up many minds to the science of climate change and environmental policy. Her project-based approach teaches students to think creatively and solve real world problems. Her skills in project management enable her to tackle big tasks like running an annual STEM Fair with 500+ attendees. The STEM fair has captured the attention of industry professionals and academics alike, and encourages students to pursue crucial fields of study in today's world. Lisa has also connected her students with experts in the field, through organizing panels or field trips to local colleges and universities.
Founder & IPECC Mentor
Dr. Carol Bogezi performs interdisciplinary research on wildlife conservation issues, particularly human-carnivore coexistence in Washington State. Born and raised on a farm in Uganda, Dr. Bogezi is intimately aware of the needs of humans and wildlife competing for natural resources. Her work in this field has never been more relevant, as conflicts over resources increase as climate change diminishes the future of such resources. Juxtaposed with the reality of humanity needing a healthy vibrant population of other species for its own existence, Dr. Bogezi works to create a world of coexistence for all. Dr. Bogezi has been awarded the 10th annual leadership award by the Bullitt Foundation, and has been named one of the ‘Top 40 Women Under 40’ by the Sunday Monitor in Uganda. Dr. Bogezi holds a special place in our organization and in our hearts, as it was her participation in a local STEM Career Fair for high school and middle school students which sparked a conversation, with the fair’s creator and student leaders, which ultimately led to the founding of IPECC. Dr. Bogezi will bring her creative energy, scientific knowledge of biodiversity that includes the human species, and passion for a healthy world to our work.
Student Developer Team
This rotating cast of rockstars continues to lead IPECC each new school year.
Chelsea is a senior at Newport High School. She is interested in all things business: marketing, finance, entrepreneurship and more. She is deeply involved with her community, from organizing large community service events, like the Newport Ski Swap, Jingle Bell Run and school-wide food drives, to partnering with local businesses to fund student passion projects through the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). Chelsea also spends much of her time teaching hip-hop, violin and Spanish through equitable-minded organizations and self-started programs. In her free time, she loves to hike in the PNW, bake new recipes, and meet new people.
Xavier, currently working towards his undergraduate degree, has worked with the ACLU and held leadership positions throughout school. It wasn't until he took a class about climate change in high school that he became deeply invested in solving the issue. He joined IPECC because of the way it allows kids to not only learn about the real problems we as humans are facing but also teaches them to have competent conversations and a real understanding about why this issue matters and what we can do to change it. He is interested in the political and economic facets of the climate change problem. His weekends are spent hiking and exploring outdoors.
Sam is a student at BC. He's grown his love for the outdoors through camping, skiing, and hiking, and feels connected to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. These outdoor activities helped spur his involvement in climate advocacy. Sam is especially interested in studying the diverse symptoms that arise due to the interconnectedness of global ecosystems. He brings to IPECC a solid foundation in science, and experience in climate change education at elementary and middle school levels. Sam can be found teaching lessons to peers, advocating for youth climate awareness, and continuing his studies of environmental science.