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.
Core Development Team
Xavier is a senior in the Bellevue School District. He has worked with the ACLU and holds a leadership position at his 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 senior in the Bellevue School District. 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.
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.
Co-Founder and WA State Administrator
Kavya is a Senior in the Bellevue School District who aspires to follow a path in Climatology, with a focus on Environmental Policy. She is most concerned about the impact climate change is going to have 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. As part of the course, 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.
Thomas is a Senior in the Bellevue School District. He 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 is currently one of his school’s soccer team captains and enjoys sharing the responsibility of building team ethic. Outside of school, he plays club soccer, and likes to play video games and spend time with friends. He hopes that educating more students will lead our planet to a better future.
Social Media Manager and Marketing Advisor
Nika brings social media marketing and data analysis experience from Tableau Software in service of IPECC’s mission. With a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government and emphasis in Environmental Policy and Decision-Making 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.