Varshini Prakash

Executive Director and Co-founder, Sunrise Movement

Varshini Prakash is the Executive Director and co-founder of Sunrise, a movement of young people working to stop climate change, take back our democracy from Big Oil, and elect leaders who will fight for our generation’s health and wellbeing. As an undergrad at the University of Massachusetts, she took on the fossil fuel industry by pushing her university to stop investing in coal, oil, and gas.

She led the campaign to victory after a 2-week long escalation involving thousands of students, alumni, and faculty. Varshini has been a leading voice for young Americans, including last fall when she helped lead a mass demonstration for the Green New Deal that went viral and put climate change on the map for Congress. Varshini’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, TeenVogue, BBC, The Washington Post and more.

She was recently named to the Grist Top 50 Fixers for “people cooking up the boldest, most ambitious solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges.” Varshini currently lives in Boston, MA.



Sessions with this Speaker

Opening Plenary

The GLOBE 2020 Opening Plenary will inspire, enlighten and accelerate action at a crucial time in the global climate crisis. Join renowned leaders at the forefront of the clean economy who chart the course of opportunities and spark solidarity and action as we kick off a momentous GLOBE Forum!

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David Wallace-Wells New York Times #1 Best-selling Author of The Uninhabitable Earth
Kate Brandt Sustainability Officer, Google
Larissa Crawford Founder, Future Ancestors Services
Varshini Prakash Executive Director and Co-founder, Sunrise Movement
Mike Gerbis Chief Executive Officer, GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada