Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. Her creative practice boldly challenges entrenched myths and cultural practices, while embodying the YES of a pluralistic future. Favianna's collaborations include Ben & Jerry's Pecan Resist, two large scale public art commissions with the City of San Francisco, and a partnership with Joey Soloway of Topple Productions to create a fellowship for marginalized voices in the entertainment industry. Favianna’s work serves as a record of her human experiences as a woman of color embracing joy and pleasure through personal transformation and psychedelics. Her signature mark-making embodies the perspective of a first-generation American Latinx artist with Afro-Latinx roots who grew up in Oakland, California during the era of the war on drugs and the birth of Hip Hop.
Bio credit: Favianna's website
Madeleine Jubile Saito
Madeleine Jubilee Saito is an artist, UX / UI designer, and creative director. As an artist, she makes intimate, poetic comics about the environment and the sacred, which appeared in the bestselling All We Can Save anthology and which were recognized in Best American Comics 2019. Madeleine has a BA in art from Yale University.
Bio & artwork credit: The All We Can Save Project's website
Jane Zelikova, PhD, is an ecologist working at the intersection of climate change science, policy, and communication. She is the cofounder of 500 Women Scientists and a research scientist at the University of Wyoming.
Bio credit: All We Can Save
Alexandria Villasenor is a teenage climate activist, community organizer, and public speaker from New York City. She is also the founder and executive director of Earth Uprising.
A Letter to Adults (An excerpt from All We Can Save)
Now is the time to be a climate activist.
I am fifteen years old and spend a lot of my time on conference calls, sending emails, speaking publicly, and going to protests. Those are probably different memories than you were making at my age, but we youth know we need to make our voices heard now—because our generation will feel climate impacts the most. Scientists tell us that we have to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by about half this decade to avoid irreversible, catastrophic effects of climate change.
The climate crisis is the largest generational inequality there is. Generations that came before mine had greater access to nature and natural resources than young people today will ever have. Rather than having abundant clean water, we face a global water crisis made worse by drought. Climate breakdown threatens global food supplies because storms, floods, and droughts make it harder to grow food. Globally, an estimated nine million people die every year from air pollution. The planet that young people are receiving is one stricken with disaster, and it’s unfair.
The climate crisis is the largest challenge humans have ever faced. We young people are doing everything we can, so please join us. We need your help.
Welcome to the uprising!
Bio & excerpt credit: The All We Can Save Project & book.