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#22 Xuân Mai Hoàng 🇻🇳 - Raising her voice with climate journalism

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🎤 “I had a phase where I didn’t want to be seen as a youth. With Climate Tracker, I really wanted people to take me seriously that I identified as ‘freelance writer and journalist’ rather than ‘youth climate advocate’ because I was afraid of, you know, the assumptions that people make… But recently, my engagements with UNDP Vietnam and the Youth4Climate network convinced me that, yes, I can embrace my identity again!”

🇻🇳 Mai is a climate journalist and youth advocate from Vietnam. She writes poetry about mosquitos, trains aspiring climate journalists and has coordinated the first-ever Special Report on Youth Climate Action in Vietnam with UNDP Viet Nam.

💪 She shares with us the start of her climate advocacy at 13 years old, her experience as the youngest Climate Tracker Journalism Fellow at the 24th UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) and how she’s been moving towards youth empowerment and engagement with the Youth4Climate network.

We discuss how she trained herself to become a journalist, her challenges as a youth and how she reconnected with her youth identity, and all the small moments that made a difference in her life!

This is the longest episode of Life Line so far, it’s around 2h10m, so enjoy!


6’ - Proud Saigonese writing poetry about mosquitos

16’ - Journaling, reading English literature and being the best at school

29’ - Raising her voice against the “2016 Vietnam marine life disaster”

47’ - Rising as a human-centred climate journalist

60’ - At 16, being the youngest Climate Tracker Fellow and covering COP24

74’ - Age is just a number

85’ - Accelerating youth climate action in Vietnam

92’ - Reconnecting with science at Harvard University

110’ - Being a proud Vietnamese youth climate advocate

🗒️ References:

-(Great) Article about Mai.

-Connect with Mai on LinkedIn.


-UNFCCC: the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change.

-COP: the Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the UNFCCC.

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