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The Asia Solidarity Lab Fellowship 2023

The ASL 2023 Roadmap kicked off with the Asia Solidarity Lab Fellowship under the theme, “Powering up a movement for just energy solutions in Asia,” meant to be even more focused on supercharging the growth of the Asia Solidarity Lab Fellows’ Cohort. We introduced more dedicated and intimate learning spaces, both online and off, created to support the Cohort’s evolution as leaders in the climate space.

This year’s program design for our brilliant Fellows steered towards organizing and movement-building towards energy justice and just transition. A specific focus on Training and Facilitation fleshed out the “training for trainers” aspect of the program more than ever before.

Meet Our Cohort

Ara, Philippines 🇵🇭

Ara started his journey into activism as a student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He currently serves as an Advocacy Officer for 350 Pilipinas’ campus organizing work that is pioneering solutions-based campaigning inside state universities.

Check out the latest event Ara is working on in Manila, Philippines for the Global Power Up in November 3-4, or read his reflections on this year’s ASL Fellowship.

Arati, Nepal 🇳🇵

Arati is a researcher and climate justice activist with a background in climate science. She currently works as a Senior Research Officer at the Climate Justice Program at Digo Bikas Institute (DBI). She is currently involved in policy research, advocacy and grassroots actions on cross-cutting issues of climate change and leading programs on Just Climate Finance, Energy Democracy, and intersectional climate issues. She presented research from DBI on “Women-led cooperatives and climate finance in Nepal” at the COP 27 conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Her commitment to the environment and climate change spans more than a decade, beginning with her selection as a City Environment Volunteer for the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC).

Fathan, Indonesia 🇮🇩

Fathan seeks to optimize human-environment interaction by utilizing technology in his studies. In local NGOs, he has also thrived making climate justice more accessible by organizing Green Public Interest Lawyers education programs for youth and documenting Indigenous and Local Communities Conserved Areas across Indonesia using his geographical expertise. As a climate activist, he is raising awareness towards more ambitious climate commitment and action by acting as Campaign Coordinator at Climate Rangers Jakarta. He is a lifelong learner with a diverse advocacy background who is always on the lookout for new knowledge and ways of collaborating to achieve social and ecological justice.

Hanae, Japan 🇯🇵

Hanae is a freelance writer, photographer, and soon-to-be cinematographer based in Japan, originally from Morocco. She has collaborated with renowned organizations such as the BBC, the Japan Times, UNIDO, and was also a communications officer with 350 Japan.

Their involvement in the climate movement dates back to 2019 when she joined Fridays For Future Tokyo. Over time, she played a pivotal role in organizing Climate Live Japan for approximately 2.5 years and are currently a part of the Fridays For Future Climate Justice Project. In addition to her climate activism, she’s actively engaged with Moving Beyond Hate, a movement addressing racism in Japan, and POSSE, a labor movement in collaboration with workers’ unions in Japan.

During her leisure time, she finds solace in reading, visiting museums for continued learning, and relaxing in parks.

Hannah, Pakistan 🇵🇰

Decolonization and climate justice lay at the heart of all of Hannah’s work, whether that be organising flood donation drives across Pakistan’s provinces through 350 Pakistan or creating sustainable streams of income for Sindh’s indigenous women through chambeli.pk. Having received a specialisation from Yale University on Religions and Ecology, Hannah believes in a world where indigenous views of nature forge our future, and where the innate language between humans, beings, and even non-beings is revived.

In her free time, she loves spending time in nature or practising Arabic calligraphy, and to swim with dolphins in clear waters is at the top of her bucket list!

Irene, Taiwan 🇹🇼

Irene is a passionate outdoor lover who wants to protect our natural playground. She runs an adventure and travel podcast, @beouter.

Kaniz, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Kaniz is a climate activist who has been working as the Program Officer – Environment of BINDU since 2018. She has also been actively participating in the Sunday for Women Climate Justice Movement since 2019. Kaniz is also an active participant in the movement towards a Green New Deal.

Mathini, Malaysia 🇲🇾

A technical writer specializing in Geographic Information System (GIS), Mathini has a BSc in Environmental Management from Monash University, where she learned about environmental management and sustainable development. Her final year research was on wastewater treatment specializing in pollution removal.

Mathini’s first job was as a Research and Policy Executive with the Malaysian Water Forum, where she wrote several position papers and technical reports on issues related to sustainable water resource management and water services, such as treated water distribution and waste-water management. She was also involved in research on urban environmental impacts on water catchment areas, wetlands, and forests. She has experience in lobbying for a clean and safe supply of water for the Indigenous people of Angkek Village, Gua Musang, Kelantan.

She got involved in climate change activism when she joined KAMY in 2021 and has been actively representing the organization in the coalition pushing for the declaration of a climate emergency in Malaysia, GDIMY.

Phoenix, Thailand 🇹🇭

Phoenix founded MyHomePaws, a network for young people interested in biodiversity, in Thailand. He has a strong commitment to promoting youth involvement in the fight for climate justice and biodiversity.

Porag, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Porag is a climate rights advocate from Bangladesh. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Development Studies from the United International University in Bangladesh. Porag has been active in the fight for climate justice in his country and around the world. He is currently a core member of the Asian Youth Empowerment for COP campaign. He also worked with 350.org Bangladesh, where he was campaigning for a Green New Deal in the country by co-organising and co-leading multiple activities and programs.

Porag focuses on climate education and just transition as tools of positive change. He believes young people have the power to fight for a just world where everyone has their human rights ensured.

Made with for the planet.

Asia Solidarity Lab is led by 350.org