Valeree Catangay (she/her/hers) is a journal art enthusiast and Environmental Science student at UCLA. Having grown up in a heavily polluted neighborhood in Long Beach, CA, she became passionate about highlighting the narratives of climate and environmentally affected communities. As a Carbon Neutrality Fellow for the University of California, she collaborates with other UC campuses and engages students in the system-wide Carbon Neutrality Initiative of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. During her fellowship, she realized her campus was lacking critical dialogue surrounding the climate justice movement. She co-founded the Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA, a space that amplifies the narratives of black, indigenous, and people of color environmentalists. One day she hopes to apply her values in climate activism to a role in corporate sustainability. In her free time, Valeree enjoys drawing, skateboarding, playing with her Aussie beagle, and discovering hidden food spots.

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