Hero of the Week: Arshak Makichyan

Arshak Makichyan protesting in Moscow. Image: @MakichyanA/Twitter

Arshak Makichyan is a 26-year-old climate activist in Moscow, Russia who has been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s strikes for climate and activism. But, as Reuters reported, “unlike the Swedish teenager, who has galvanized a global movement of young environmentalists, Russia’s tough protest laws and people’s general apathy towards activism has made the 26-year-old’s campaign a lonely one.

Makichyan has often been the only activist to turn out. Last year, he was jailed for six days for leading a three-person protest which city officials did not authorize. Once a passer-by threatened to stab him for holding up his sign.”

Russia is the world’s fourth-largest emitter of carbon but has so far failed to take meaningful action on climate change. Climate activism isn’t prominent in Russia, but Makichyan is trying to change that. Risking his own safety in the process.

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