Daphne, who was born in North Carolina and grew up in Beijing, China has just completed her first year at Mount Holyoke College, where she began her pursuit of environmental justice with a sustainability initiative on campus working to get rid plastic water bottles while increasing hydration stations. She participated in the organization of the Colleges Against Climate Silence Rally, which saw the involvement of students of the 5 Colleges and community members of the Pioneer Valley. She is now working on the Divestment from the fossil fuel industry campaign, which asks Mount Holyoke’s administration to divest its endowment fund from the fossil industry as a political tactic in holding the destructive industry responsible for its priorities of profit over humanity. Through interacting with many passionate individuals fighting fiercely for climate justice, Daphne realized the importance of building a movement through building relationships and acting in solidarity with all kinds of people for the common goal of a better future. Daphne fell in love with biking as one of the most empowering modes of transportation in high school, where she embarked on a week long biking excursion in YunNan, which is in the South of China. She’s looking forward to learn and be inspired by all the communities that have powerful stories to share about the truth of the fossil fuel industry.
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