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AFE Keynote: Youth Keynote Featuring Cassidy Austin-Merlino
February 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
It has been a few years since AFE has had any of youth keynote event. AFE 2021 is pleased to present Cassidy Austin-Merlino, who will highlight how youth can provide successful influence and activism to environmental issues.
Cassidy Austin-Merlino is an award winning youth activist from McCarthy Alaska, on the traditional unceded hunting grounds of the Ahtna Athabascan people. Currently living in Bellingham, Washington and working as an intern whitewater raft guide for a local company, Cassidy is learning more about how outdoor recreation workers can influence activism and stewardship. In recent years, she has been working very closely with the Climate Strike Movement, the Copper River Stewardship Program, Alaska Youth for Environmental Action and various other groups to advocate for a healthy and sustainable Alaska. From a lobbying trip to DC, to organizing a community action group in her hometown, environmental activism is always top of mind. As a youth advocate for environmental justice and human rights, Cassidy feels an immense connection to the unique ecosystems around her and hopes to inspire others to speak up for what they believe in.