Sebastien Kaye

Sebastien Kaye

Renewable EnergyInnovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and CommunitiesClimate ActionLife Below WaterLife on land

Role

Young climate activist and educational policy change maker

Quote

"Our goal is simple: introduce a quantitative and qualitative framework for measuring carbon dioxide emissions into political language."

Who are you?

Over the past school year I have been at the forefront of a project which actively lobbies senior political figures and decision makers. We did this in the run-up to COP21. Our goal is simple: introduce a quantitative and qualitative framework for measuring carbon dioxide emissions into political language. Sustainable development will be one of the biggest problems of the 21st century. For example: the most developed countries in the world emit the most CO2 (per capita), but will suffer the least as a result of growing atmospheric temperatures. It will be the underdeveloped ones who will suffer the most. It is this gross injustice that fuels me to dedicate my career to the cause of mitigating global warming.

Why are you part of Generation T?

I am passionate to do as much as possible to lobby, debate or present the economic, philosophical and humanitarian implications behind problems such as global warming, resources depletion and overpopulation. Over the past year I have worked closely with representatives of the IPCC, met with senior political figures such as Miguel Canete and have been in close dialogue with many different branches of the media. Through my in depth insight into problems such as climate change and working in this field in terms of ecological activism, I hope to bring my experience and knowledge of what I have learnt so far to Generation T. Being of both French and English nationality I speak both languages fluently.  

A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate change:

In 2014 I took part in a mini-enterprise project were we had the idea of recycling old bits of electronics to make retro style purses and key rings. Within 6 months we doubled our initial investment proving that sustainability and economic growth can go hand in hand. I have also written several articles in different online papers on subjects related but not limited to ecology. In March of this year I gave a presentation to Commissioner to climate change and energy Canete, warning him about the dangers of what's to come if we don't curve our emissions limit. I have also helped organise a meeting at school with over 300 senior decision makers, diplomats, scientists and members of the general public.