Junior addresses UN and earns highest youth civilian award
Will Charouhis '24, addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Sept. 19 weeks after being awarded the Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress bestows upon youth civilians in the United States. Charouhis, a climate activist who founded the non-profit We are Forces of Nature in his youth, urged international leaders to educate children to equip them to help solve the climate crisis during his UN address. Read the Miami Herald story here.
“We are past blame,” Charouhis said in his remarks at the UN. “We need to keep the conversation solution-based. Witnessing the climate disasters that took lives across the globe this year, have made it more clear than ever before that all of society has to take action – right now – to save humanity from itself. And that action starts with educating our youth. The youth are the doers ... Give us the education and the tools, and we can – and we will – save humanity."
Charouhis has amplified the youth voice in the last year at COP26 in the United Kingdom, Stockholm+50 in Sweden, SB56 in Germany, and the UN Youth Forum in Portugal, meeting with congressional representatives, senators, presidents, prime ministers and other world leaders. His non-profit provides adaptations and mitigations for coastal areas, weather-related disaster relief, and education on solutions to protect shorelines from the perils of climate change.
He was one of 35 students in Florida, and the only one from Miami to receive the congressional gold medal in 2022.
He also was named a winner of the 2022 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. The Barron Prize annually awards 15 young leaders who “have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.”
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.