Co-founder and Campaign Organizer of Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA)
Seneca Johnson is a 20-year-old community organizer and activist. She is from the Mvskokeand Seminole Nations and grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico on unceded Tewa lands. In 2019 she co-founded YUCCA, Youth United for Climate Crisis Action, and is the current campaign organizer. YUCCA is a BIPOC youth-led nonprofit working to hold elected officials accountable in the creation of a just transition to a sustainable and livable future. Seneca highly values both policy and direct action work in her community, and has led several protests, rallies, and demonstrations in New Mexico. She was selected in 2021 to advise and help create the Climate Equity Guiding Principles, a framework for New Mexico’s Climate Change Task Force to follow in order to affirm the fundamental right to political, economic, and cultural self-determination of all people. Seneca graduated from the Santa Fe Indian School in 2020 and is currently a Gates Scholar at Yale University. Seneca is a prospective major in ethnicity, race, and migration with a concentration in Indigenous studies.