Arunima Jamwal

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About Arunima

Mx. Arunima J (they/themself/theirs) is a healer-in-training and grateful child of Earth, preparing to use their ancestral talents as a social change consultant. Arunima in Sanskrit means ‘the first ray of sunlight,’ and their most recent ancestors are from the Punjab/Himalayas in South Asia. Their experiences living in three very different contexts, including Aotearoa/New Zealand and U.S, have created their investment in stewarding planetary healing and contributing to cultural projects that create liberatory conditions for all forms of life.

Arunima first arrived at climate justice and sovereignty work when they were coordinating volunteer services for unhoused and vulnerable queer youth in Portland. Arunima was chosen as a National BIPOC Climate Leader in 2020 and looks forward to building community with this cohort. As a Viviane Barnett Fellow for Food Systems Leadership, Arunima aims to develop the world’s first cross-cultural climate justice framework for young leaders.