Vanessa Nakate, 25, is a climate justice activist from Uganda and founder of the Rise Up Movement. She began striking for the climate in her home town of Kampala in January 2019, after witnessing droughts and flooding devastating communities in Uganda. She now campaigns internationally to highlight the impacts of climate change already playing out in Africa. In 2021, Vanessa was one of TIME magazine’s 100 emerging global leaders and The Financial Times 25 most influential women.