Vivian Deng (she/her) is a 16-year-old climate advocate based in San Francisco, California in the United States. Having been born and raised in an ethnically and culturally rich community like San Francisco, she’s always exploring the city’s landscape in its social and environmental context. She seeks to learn more about the history, policies, climate, and even the disparities within local communities, for the community in which she grew up witnessed the disparate force of environmental injustice, thus catalyzing her fervent passion for climate activism.

Vivian’s inquisitive search for ways to gauge her passion for the environment landed her in the youth-led organization Bay Area Youth Climate Summit (BAYCS) as a Workshops and Outreach member in 2021. Since then, she’s helped BAYCS engage over 3000+ youth across the Bay Area through such initiatives as presenting at youth leadership events, hosting booths at STEM festivals, and spearheading workshops, most notably the Hair Mat workshop she organized in March 2023 in collaboration with Matter Of Trust which got featured in a Department of State documentary.

Her local impact extends to the education sector with her position as a Student Representative and Environmental Committee Member on the SFUSD Student Advisory Council (SAC). Throughout her time with the SAC, she’s advocated for environmental inequities to be prioritized in education policy processes, addressed the concerns of her school and district community, and promoted efforts to eliminate the ubiquity of plastic in school lunch packages.

Vivian additionally interned for the Office of San Francisco Supervisor Matt Dorsey for which she wrote multiple pieces of climate-linked legislation and papers as well as resolved constituent concerns regarding air quality and encampments.
Vivian’s climate journey entered the global stage when she founded Green With Haiti in 2023, an international youth-led organization dedicated to amplifying and bolstering Haitian communities at the epicenter of humanitarian crises in the name of advancing cross-cultural connection and global humanitarian work.

Thus far, she’s amassed youth from 4 different time zones and regions around the world to address and inform the greater community of the destitute forces facing Haiti through delivering educational projects, donating essential services, and forging partnerships with local, national, and global organizations. Furthermore, she recently got accepted to serve in the U.S. Youth Advisory Council for the UN Ocean Decade in which she will be collaborating with youth across the U.S. to implement environmentally-conscious solutions that’ll protect and preserve the health of our planet and ocean.

Vivian’s connection with the planet underscores the value of the key youth hold in opening a future where the people and planet don’t thrive at the expense of another. She hopes to be a compass for youth in her community and beyond as they discover how they belong in the global climate space. Her story, narrative, and overall love for shores and lands have ultimately shaped her longing aspiration to pursue a career in diplomacy or international climate law, turning today’s ideas into the future’s reality.