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Yolanda Joab-Mori
President Chuuk Youth Council

Yolanda Joab-Mori champions sustainable development and climate action in the Pacific islands of the Federated States of Micronesia. In 2011 she co-created the first climate change focused education program in schools and communities across Micronesia. The program, CADRE (Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction & Education) worked with over 10,000 students and 3,000 community members across the Micronesian islands to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change on their communities and develop community action plans to adapt to these impacts. These Community Action Plans have resulted in projects such as pandanus planting for coastal strengthening, mangrove reforestation to protect against salt-water intrusion, awareness campaigns for marine protected areas and rainwater catchments to prepare for droughts. In 2017 she founded Island PRIDE (Promoting Resilience through Involvement, Development & Education) a non-profit organization, to continue this work to empower her islands in the face of climate change by engaging youth to be proactive stewards of their island environment. She also serves as the Head of Renewable Energy for the Chuuk Public Utilities Corporation, where she is spearheading their transition to renewable energy and away from fossil fuels. Through this work, she’s been a vocal activist for climate action and climate justice at several international platforms including the One Young World Summit, World Conservation Congress, World Forum on Natural Capital, the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum and the UN High Level Political Forum. She lives in Chuuk, Micronesia with her husband Alvin, son Tre and daughter Tasi. 

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