Born in India and raised in Oman, Aneesa experienced first-hand the painful impacts of fossil fuel extraction. While growing up in a Middle Eastern country where drilling for oil was cheaper than providing drinking water, she saw gruesome droughts and harrowing floods alternately devastate her family’s home on the South-East Indian coast. Seeing the intersection of climate impacts on people and the environment at a very young age influenced Aneesa to dedicate herself to the movement for climate justice. She studied international environmental law and politics at College of the Atlantic (COA) and focused on telling stories of environmental inequity and injustice through graphic design. While at COA, she also attended the UN COP20, COP21, and COP22 with her youth social and climate justice collective, Earth in Brackets. She believes that even though climate change is a compounding crisis that worsens all other inequalities, the unyielding deadline that it presents can also be the grand push that brings together strong existing movements for environmental justice, women’s rights, tribal sovereignty, racial justice, jobs and welfare. She hopes that while getting our emissions down to the required level, we take the chance to push for policies that can dramatically improve lives, close the gap between the rich and the poor, and reinvigorate democracy from the ground up. Aneesa is currently based in Washington DC, but her heart lies where mountains meet the ocean in Maine. Besides co-leading the COP24 delegation, she spends her time working for a just transition of jobs and energy systems on public lands with The Wilderness Society, knitting scarves (maybe hats someday), drawing her graphic novel on the experiences of climate activists of color, and finding DC’s best Indian food.