Niria Alicia Garcia

Indigenous leader and innovator
UN Young Champion of the Earth finalist

Niria is a Xicana human rights advocate, climate justice organizer, educator and storyteller dedicated to protecting the sacredness of Mother Earth and the dignity of historically oppressed peoples. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Oregon with degrees in environmental studies, Latin American studies. In 2019 , her climate justice work earned her the national ‘Emerging Leader Award’ from GreenLatinos’ and the internationally recognized ‘EE 30 under 30’ award from the North American Association for Environmental Education. Niria is currently producing a virtual version of “Run4Salmon”, a journey that for the past 4 years has engaged government officials, lawyers, advocates and everyday people on the 300-mile journey that the endangered Chinook salmon make along the waters of California’s largest watershed to inspire, educate and engage people in restoring this endangered keystone species that is essential to the health of California lands and waters.