ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations. 80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT WILLIAM LIGHTHART, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Loyola Marymount University | California, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 6
" As a Millennium Fellow, I am ecstatic to be among younger leaders who are not only motivated by individual, change-making passions, but are are also as eager as I am to work as a collective. Together, my cohort is immensely grateful for the opportunity to move our project forward with the Millennium Foundation's support as we raise awareness on and organize action for people displaced by climate change. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: LMU Climate Refugee Awareness Initiative
The Fellows focus is on the emerging climate refugee crisis, which encompasses people forced to move within their country or leave for another when climate change makes their home unlivable. They recognize and will address an absence of awareness, advocacy, and tangible action towards people's displacement due to climate change consequences. They acknowledge that climate change and the ensuing refugee crisis are big issues requiring multi-faceted solutions. To promote awareness and advocacy, the Millennium Fellows will host multiple teach-ins. These teach-ins will utilize an intersectional approach that recognizes climate change consequences are felt disproportionately by minorities, people battling cyclical poverty, and other marginalized groups. They will present crisis information on local and global levels and promote involvement in our campus demonstration. The demonstration will highlight PoC communities surrounding Los Angeles with inadequate access to clean water, a problem exacerbated by climate change. It will bring visual representation to the wide range of circumstances, including to natural disasters and desertification, that disproportionately force PoC and indigenous communities to migrate. The team will virtually campaign and sell fair trade items to raise money for the Environmental Justice Foundation to help immediately address climate injustices that PoC and indigenous communities are facing around the world.
About the Millennium Fellow
As an International Relations and History double-major, William uses an intersectional lens cultivated by his lived experience, international study and work in Europe and Asia, and his service for and with others in Los Angeles to approach his passion for the human rights and climate change nexus.