This article is part of our Youth Voices series. At Ten Strands we believe that young people have valuable perspectives and a critical role in shaping our society and our world. We recognize their power to drive dialogue and create positive change, and are committed to providing a platform which amplifies their contributions. Finding Our Voices: […]
Cici Xu is an incoming freshman at Yale University (pursuing Environmental Studies), and a devoted advocate for climate literacy, justice, clean energy, and Tribal resiliency. As a student leader of Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action (SVYCA), Cici has co-lead the State Advocacy Team and the Saratoga City Action Team. Outside of SVYCA, Cici has founded the Saratoga High Green Committee and was the president of Saratoga High Environmental Club. She is a youth ambassador of the 1 Million Youth Actions Challenge, based in Geneva, Switzerland. In her published case-study research “Expanding Intergovernmental Water Markets Between Colorado River Basin Tribal Countries and Western States as a Response to Socioeconomic Drought,” Cici delves into the environmental history and injustice of water appropriations and proposed policy approaches to confront and surmount the water crisis, threatening California. In her free time, Cici likes to play with her Shiba Inu, Haku, binge on British TV series, and write reporting stories and movie reviews for newspaper publications.