Raina Ivanova

Youth Climate Justice Activist
Raina is a climate justice activist from Germany who focuses on child rights violations caused by climate change and the social inequalities linked to it. Climate change exacerbates other crises like racism, poverty, and sexisim and often leads to human and child rights violations. By considering these intersections as well as the historical ties to colonialism, climate activism allows her to advocate for multiple issues at once towards resilient and accessible solutions that contribute to a better climate and a society that upholds human and child rights.
One way in which she has advocated for climate justice is by becoming a Petitioner to the United Nations. As a part of the Children vs. Climate Crisis petition alongside Greta Thunberg and 14 other youth, she petitioned 5 countries including her own to drastically cut down carbon emissions as their contribution to climate change violates child rights. Furthermore, she is a former member of UNICEF Germany’s Youth Council, the founder of her school’s Climate Club and a former member of her state’s student school council. Her first experiences as a climate activist were participating in school strikes organized by Fridays For Future and distributing flyers and stickers to mobilize people to join global climate strikes.