Layla Lockear Joins Historic Climate March (September 2014)
Thousands of people gathered in New York City last September to demand global action to address global climate change. Journalist and activist Bill McKibben and his environmental organization were responsible for launching the People's Climate March, which was endorsed by hundreds of organizations, including school, community and environmental groups, as well as by indigenous peoples. The march was the largest of its kind in history, drawing 300,000-400,000 participants from across the nation. Moreover, the New York march was mirrored by similar marches in 162 nations around the world. The September 21st date of the march was strategically set two days before leaders from around the world were to gather for the United Nations Climate Summit. Among the throngs of people who gathered for the People's Climate March, was UNC Pembroke's Layla Locklear. Passionate about the environment, Layla is earning a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and is a senior in the Department of Biology.
Layla is especially interested in water issues, which she values as a vital to all creation. Outside the classroom, Layla is an environmentalist who both educates and raises awareness about environmental issues for people in her communities. Layla's outstanding community service was recognized by way of two awards when she was yet a sophomore. She received the 2011 Community Impact Award from the UNC Pembroke Office for Community & Civic Engagement. Even more noteworthy, she received the distinguished “Woman to Watch” National American Indian Women Award. This award was given in September 2011, during the Conference for American Indian Women of Proud Nations. After completing her bachelor's degree, she plans to attend graduate school in Environmental Science, with emphasis on Native American tribes and water issues. Layla Locklear is indeed a "woman to watch."
Click here to view a Youtube video of Layla singing during the climate march.
Layla is wearing a blue skirt, holding a round drum, and is standing near the bottom center in each photograph above.
April Whittemore Locklear contributed to portions of this article.
Photographs are courtesy of Sarah Little Redfeather Kalmanson
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