Carmen Bouquin is a climate justice organizer, abolitionist, and Cuesta College student. She has been working on climate justice in SLO County since she moved here from Northern New Mexico five years ago.
She serves on the board of the Santa Lucia Sierra Club, founded SLO County Youth for Environmental Action, and trains with the Sunrise Movement. She is devoted to solutions that address the twin crises of economic inequality and the climate change. Carmen has worked on several community campaigns, including organizing to pass Measure G to ban fracking and oil wells in SLO County. Currently, she works with youth around the state, in partnership with the Last Chance Alliance, to pressure Governor Gavin Newsom to make a just transition off fossil fuels.
Carmen believes that the path to halting the climate crisis relies on healing collective trauma that stems from colonialism. She is a strong advocate for changing our system to start putting people over profit, and building a movement against corporate power and white supremacy in this country.
In her free time she enjoys taking long train rides, watching the San Simeon elephant seals, and living the golden age of television.