Kevin J. Patel

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Kevin J. Patel (born September 23, 2000) is a first-generation American Intersectional Climate Justice activist. Patel identifies as an advocate & Organizer for his community as he speaks openly about his experiences as a frontline activist being diagnosed with respiratory issues. He is also the founder and executive director of OneUpAction, an international youth-led nonprofit based in the U.S. that supports and empowers marginalized youth by providing them with the resources they need to be changemakers. He also has been featured in various media outlets, such as Men’s Health Mag , Vox, NowThis, Aljazeera, Yahoo News and Insider.


  • Climate activism has always been associated with the white middle class demographic and not that of people of color or indigenous peoples. We don’t want to be tokenized. Within this movement people tend to forget that those who are in power have a sense of privilege and or are white, The way we narrate the movement must evolve to be more inclusive of black, indigenous and people of color activists/advocates.