Activist spotlight: Louisa Steigenberger

by Sierra Raine Robinson

The organization Earth Guardians has crews across the globe. Louisa Steigenberger is the lead for Kelowna Earth Guardians Crew in B.C. Canada. This is just a part of the 19 y/o youth leader’s story.

“This past summer I traveled to Canada’s high Arctic with Students On Ice organization to see the effect of climate change firsthand and meet the communities up there to hear their stories and the impact it has had on them. We had elders, activists, politicians, and teachers on board and spent two weeks completely immersed in the culture and lifestyle of the Inuit people. It was honestly a life-changing experience. Last month (December 2019)  I participated in a protest against Interior Savings with Meat The Victims, as they support the Ribfest each year with funding. Since adopting a plant-based lifestyle, my passion for animal rights has deepened even more, and this and the Arctic are my two biggest areas of focus at the moment. I am studying Political Science and Environmental Studies along with Circumpolar Studies about the Arctic.
One of my friends from the expedition, Maasiu Pootoolik, committed suicide. We have a huge Inuit suicide epidemic happening that not a lot of people hear enough about. I created a GoFundMe page in his name with his dad, if you know any good places to share it, I’d really appreciate it. In memory of him, the funds are going to his family for projects he was passionate about and will be used for youth in need of financial assistance to go on Students On Ice expeditions. He had a heart for young people, for whatever their needs were, and encouraged them to be a part of and follow their dreams. He touched many lives and was a role model to many. Link to go fund me: http://gf.me/u/w9jbf9

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