Graduate Story:

Lotte Marley

Lotte is a campaigner with Brighton Youth Strikes for Climate, who helped organise Brighton’s Global Climate Strike in September 2019.

I’m 18 years old and have been part of the Brighton Youth Strikes for Climate team since February 2019. 

The most valuable thing I learned at Campaign Bootcamp was about taking different approaches to activism. Previously, striking was our only tactic. After Bootcamp, my team organised for the Climate Strike on the 20th September. Even though it was still a strike, we actively worked with groups who weren’t just young people – such as the council, trade unions, and independent businesses. 

It was also great to learn about teamwork skills at Bootcamp. Our Brighton team is made up of 14 – 24 year olds and a lot of us don’t have a lot of experience of working in a team. There has been a lot of interesting group dynamics to manage! These dynamics relate less to age, and more to experience: those of us who were there at the beginning of the strikes, versus those who joined later. We are now working on skills sharing and training up new people on what we’ve learned at Bootcamp. 

In Brighton we have a big focus on climate justice. It is important to acknowledge that climate change is happening right now, and there are communities around the world facing dire situations. 

I got involved with Fridays for Future because I was the President of my Student Union. A fellow student emailed us to ask if we could get our college involved in the Brighton strikes. I had heard about the strikes in Europe, but didn’t realise that it had come over to England. I’ve been interested in environmental issues and the planet for as long as I can remember. So I contacted the organisers of the strike to ask how we could get involved, and then I never left! 

Lotte Marley

I am a keen environmentalist who works to reduce my own carbon footprint as much as possible. I am also campaigning for the government to take the climate crisis seriously and put in measures to avoid reaching the tipping point. A particular aspect of my campaigning is around climate justice and the disparities between the global north who are polluting the most and the global south who feel the biggest consequences. I also work with young refugees as to how myself and others can best help them to integrate into our city.