Keynote Speakers

Mikaela Loach

Mikaela Loach
Climate Activist, Author, Speaker

Mikaela Loach is an acclaimed author, climate justice organizer, and speaker, recognized as one of the most influential women in the UK climate movement by Forbes, Global Citizen, and BBC Woman’s Hour. Prospect magazine has described her as one of the “World’s Top Thinkers” in 2024. It’s no surprise that her impactful climate activism has garnered an online community of over 280,000 combined followers. 

Mikaela’s work is deeply rooted in community organizing. Her activism includes organizing with grassroots climate movements such as Stop Cambo, Fossil Free Books, Resist Glencore, and The UK Black Eco Feminist Collective, conducting at international climate justice camps and at local schools – one of which even named a classroom after her – and delivering keynote speeches at various events, ranging from community gatherings to large institutions and appearances on national TV and in the press. She is launching the AWETHU School of Organising later this year. 

Mikaela has boldly challenged powerful entities, calling out billionaires at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual event, taking the UK government to court in the landmark “Paid To Pollute” case in 2021, and challenging Shell’s CEO and board at their AGM for their human rights abuses to people of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. 

Mikaela is the best-selling author of “It’s Not That Radical: Climate Action To Transform Our World,” a compelling call for climate justice published in April 2023 by Dorling Kindersley, a division of Penguin Random House. Her debut book won the Non-fiction Author of the Year award in’s Indie Champion Awards. Additionally, she co-hosts The YIKES Podcast and is a former medical student. 

Her dedication to her values is evident in her collaborations with brands and organizations such as Armed Angels, LUSH, Greenpeace, and eBay.