Claris Figueira grew up in Vancouver on the unceded territories of Coast Salish peoples: mice:pkʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
Her involvement in the climate and environmental justice movement is rooted in a deep love for the Pacific Northwest and the beings who inhabit these lands and waters. After studying philosophy and environmental sustainability in Halifax she returned home last year to join the fight against export pipelines and fossil fuel projects that threaten the West coast. At COP22 she hopes to hold the Canadian government accountable to the commitments they made in Paris: which means no new fossil fuel infrastructure! She is a writer, musician and poet, and works to connect art and activism as a way to tell powerful stories and move people to action.