Ambessa CantaveArt: Nat Damm

Ambessa Cantave

Educator, Alliance for Climate Education
Oakland, Calif.

Ambessa Cantave, 33, uses his skills as an entertainer and his green savvy to help young people throughout the Bay Area connect with the environmental movement. As an educator at the Alliance for Climate Education, he makes high-energy, inspiring presentations to high school kids about global warming (take notes, Al Gore). And as a cofounder and creative director at Grind for the Green, he uses hip-hop culture to help move at-risk youth toward good, green jobs. Cantave also spreads messages of eco-consciousness and self-awareness through the hip-hop group FIYAWATA. Read a Grist article about Cantave’s work at the Alliance.

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Watch Cantave’s energizing Alliance for Climate Education presentation: