Ticket to the Future is a unique opportunity for over 100 activists from Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia Pacific to share strategies and experiences in the fight for climate justice. Amongst the participants are many renowned young activists from around the world.
Starting in Paris and Madrid, they will travel by train to the Fixing the Future festival in Barcelona, an international showcase of groundbreaking ideas to create a more just and sustainable world. On board, they will take part in a series of workshops, talks and games and share their experiences. As the train gathers speed, momentum will build towards making the rich polluters pay.
Anita Soina is a passionate Kenyan Environmental Advocate. She was one of the youngest representatives to attend COP26. At the age of 18, she founded Spice Warriors, an environmental organization that advocates for climate change measures in Kenya, with branches in South Sudan and Tanzania.
Issa Garba is co-coordinator of SLYCAN Trust in Niger. Issa focuses his work on the empowerment of local actions that have implications to build long term climate resilience. Issa is also the National Coordinator of the Nigerian Youth Network on Climate Change (RJNCC).
Pavel Martiarena is an activist based in Madre de Dios fighting extractives in the Amazon region. For this work he was the winner of “Raise your voice for the Amazon”. Pavel is also a photographer and cultural manager.
Marinel Ubaldo campaigns for a ban on single-use plastics, the reduction of carbon emissions and investments in renewable energy.
Hilda Flavia Nakabuye is the founder of Fridays for Future in Uganda. She is focusing on raising awareness among students and organizes clean up sessions in Lake Victoria. Hilda is currently also involved in the protest against the EACOP pipeline.
Adam Dicko, is the Executive Director of the Youth association for Active Citizenship and Democracy in Mali. Since 2014, it aims to bring together activists involved in various fields sexual and reproductive health (SRH), democracy and governance governance, advocacy and human rights.
Rakizatou Malika Ouattara, known as “Malika la slameuse”, is an artist and entrepreneur from Burkina Faso. She is founder of the Slamazone Foundation. With 18 trophies to her name, including the Kundé for Best Female Artist in 2019, she uses her talent to the benefit of marginalized people in her country.
Lavetanalagi Seru is interested in youth development and human rights. He is a policy expert in humanitarian response in the Pacific. He is co-founder and coordinator of the Alliance for Future Generations and currently the Climate Justice Project Officer for the Pacific Island Climate Action Network (PICAN).
Natalia Koholodova works for Ecoclub, a Ukrainian environmental public organization. She is involved in campaigns against potentially harmful companies to the local environment, like the woodworking enterprise Kronospan.
Mariana Gomes is a Law student who led one of the earliest climate strikes in Portugal. In 2022, the US Department of State recognized her as a top 20 young European leader, awarding her a scholarship for Climate Change, Journalism, Communication, and Leadership studies at the University of Nevada.
Mariana Maraschin is a Law graduate and holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies. She is on the board at Youth Climate Leader Brazil/Portugal and organised Portugal’s first Local Conference of Youth. She is an activist trainer for YMCA – Youth Makers as Climate Ambassadors project.
Annelice Corrales Nunez is an activist for La Ruta del Clima, a Costa Rican NGO that advocates for the right of the public to participate in the climate governance process and climate justice.
Ati Gunnawi is a young indigenous woman from the Arhuaco people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in Colombia. She is the co-founder of the “Latin American Youth Climate Scholarships” initiative.
Raki Ap is the founder of Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change in the Netherlands. Through stories he exposes the relationship between colonialism, capitalism and institutional racism on and against Indigenous Peoples and how this has resulted in the current climate crisis.
Maria Serra is the co-founder of Fridays for Future Barcelona and a EU Climate Pact Ambassador. Maria attended COP 27 and brought to Egypt the ongoing Seat at the Table campaign. The team was able to negotiate Climate Youth Advisory Councils in more than 10 countries, Catalonia and Spain included.
Co-President of Ocean Hub Portugal, Gonçalo Belo Freitas holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. His journey from interning at the Lisbon Oceanarium to volunteering on a turtle conservation project in Malaysia has afforded him numerous enriching experiences, both on a personal and professional level.
At COP27 last year, a historic and unanimous decision was made to establish a Loss and Damage fund to support countries and communities hit hardest by climate change. However, that fund remains empty.
Ticket To The Future is part of a global activist-led campaign demanding that national and international governments take action to make rich polluters pay for the damage they have done to the planet to meet the cost of loss and damage and to build more resilient communities. During their journey, the activists will create and share content calling on people to sign the Make the Polluters Pay petition. So far, a quarter of a million people have signed the #MakeRichPollutersPay petitions.
Making rich polluters pay – for example, by strengthening taxes on the fossil fuel companies and polluting industries who are responsible for the vast majority of carbon emissions, or introducing a wealth tax on the billionaires who produce a million times more emissions than the rest of us – would raise billions of dollars for those affected by climate change and allow them to build more resilient communities. This would create a more just future for everyone.