“When there’s about 200 species going extinct every day, it’s quite scary. So you have to do everything you can.”
From her small town in the remote, mountainous Scottish Highlands, this 13 years old is helping to build a UK movement of children demanding more action on climate change. Holly Gillibrand is a young ambassador for Scotland: The Big Picture and a campaigner for animal welfare charity OneKind.
Holly Gillibrand (born 2005) is a Scottish environmental activist. She enjoys football, the outdoors, and rock climbing. She was inspired by Greta Thunberg, and starting at age 13, she skipped school for an hour every Friday as part of the school strike for climate. She is an organizer for Fridays for Future Scotland. She has made changes in her daily life to reduce her carbon footprint. She has gained support through social media.
She was named 2019 Glasgow Times Young Scotswoman of the Year. She was also named one of 30 inspiring women on the BBC‘s Woman’s Hour Power List 2020 and was interviewed on the show.She has written for the Lochaber Times.
In August 2020, she supported Chris Packham in a national campaign that aimed to stop wildlife crime. In November of that year, she and other youth activists had a Q&A with Alok Sharma. She serves as youth advisor for the charity Heal Rewilding, whose goal is to return more land to nature.
Follow Holly on Twitter @HollyWildChild