Ana F. Gonzalez Guerrero
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Youth Climate Lab
Ana F. Gonzalez Guerrero is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at Youth Climate Lab, a youth-for-youth organization dedicated to supporting and creating innovative projects for climate action. Ana also works as a Capacity Building Coordinator at Federation of Canadian Municipalities, where she develops tools and resources to support local governments in their efforts to take action on climate change.
Ana is driven by empathy and justice, “I grew up in the coastal city of Cancún, Mexico where I saw first-hand some of the impacts of rising sea levels and climate change,” she says, “Seeing how climate change disproportionately impacts people depending on their social and economic circumstances has been a motivator to work towards a more just climate future.”
She wants to work towards a world where people and countries take responsibility for their environment-degrading actions and support those that are most affected by the consequences. She thinks that a good place to start making progress on these issues is at the local level in Canada. “Canada is a huge, diverse country, and each community has its own needs and priorities,” says Ana. “One-size-fits-all approaches won’t work.”
Ana stays motivated by surrounding herself with people who inspire her. “They are always a good reminder that if we work on this together, change can happen,” she says. For fun she enjoys doing yoga, reading and swimming.