iMatter Utah

Who we are

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson is a senior at Westminster College. She studies English, Environmental Studies, and Spanish. She loves hiking in the Wasatch, eating fresh local food, and talking about everything sustainability. After she graduates, she hopes to lope around the country for awhile being a climate activist and growing vegetables, but after that brief stint with vagabondage she plans to come back to Salt Lake Valley for time and eternity.

Sara Ma

Sara Ma

My name is Sara Ma. I am 17 years old and a student at West High School. I believe that the voices of the youngest generation, when heard, can lead the revolution against climate change. However I have recently encountered another issue, a global issue, in realizing that countries with a larger agriculture basis are being affected by the carbon emissions we put into the atmosphere. As a member of the presentation group, I hope to educate and empower the youth to leading the green revolution in order to ensure a livable future for the entire world.

Ethan Lake

Ethan Lake

My name is Ethan Lake, and I'm a student at West High School. To me, climate change is the most important issue our generation faces. The actions we take now will affect the lives of our children, our grandchildren, and countless other generations after us. As such, it greatly disturbs me that the political and social leaders of today are doing absolutely nothing to address the future of our planet. I am working with iMatter so that the misrepresented youth of today can have their voices heard, and so that we can bring about the change that is so critical for our future.

Maren Larsen

Maren Larsen

I am a senior at Grand County High School in Moab. As I look towards college and begin to make decisions about what I want to do with my life, I know that earth awareness will play a huge part in my future. I believe that it is imperative for my generation and the generations that follow to use our monumental human impact to reverse the damage we have caused. Through organic farming, renewable energy, and reduced consumption, we can create a pardigm shift that is capable of saving our planet. I'm Involved because our home matters.

Treasure Lundskog

Treasure Lundskog

Hi! My name is Treasure Lundskog and I attend Riverview Jr. High School. I am in the eighth grade and live in Murray, UT. One of my biggest goals in life is to educate and create awareness about the global issue climate change, this is why I got involved with iMatter and iMatter Utah. With this group I hope to empower the young people of today and show them that they CAN make a difference. I am part of the presentations group with iMatter UT and I am here to help begin a global revolution.

Nathan Zick-Smith

Nathan Zick-Smith

I am an environmental studies major with a focus in sustainable development. I am involved with iMatter because I believe it is important for youth like me to take action now to challenge the political forces that are contributing to climate change so that generations to come will be able to experience the same things I have. In my free time, I enjoy spending time in the mountains and playing basketball.

Anna Scherer

Anna Scherer

My name is Anna Scherer. I attend Grand County High School in Moab, Utah. Growing up I was called "hippy" more times than you could imagine, all because I knew to recycle, I was (and still am) a vegetarian, and thought people should be more conscious about the health of Earth. I believe people need to become more educated about the risks of climate change, especially the youth, because they will one day make all the decisions. While people shoot for huge goals, I think it's all the little things that matter when it comes to climate change. These things are moving your hand a few feet to recycle instead of throwing away, making sure your garbage actually gets into the trash can, keeping reusable bags in your car, and vegetarianism(sorry, I'm biased).

Raquel Cook

Raquel Cook

My name is Raquel, and I want the generations who come after me to enjoy the same beautiful planet with all its diversity and abundance that I enjoy. My hope is by being a voice in my community for climate change awareness, I will add to voices around the world who demand a livable future.

Jason Hardy

Jason Hardy

Jason is a law school graduate who recently returned to Utah. He first entered community activism in 2000 and has since participated in thousands of hours of innovative advocacy for animals, the natural world, and human rights. His professional background is in research and writing. Jason is a creative writer.

Ryan Pleune

Ryan Pleune

Ryan is a 34 year old retired science teacher, climber and skier who has recently turned carpenter, bus driver and community organizer. His heart and soul are rooted in the inter-mountain west bio-region but like most Americans his relatives are immigrants. He grew up in Denver, Colorado with parents from New York and Wisconsin. Their relatives immigrated to the U.S. from Holland and France. He works on climate change from a social justice perspective and listens to youth wisdom sometimes before listening to adults. Organizing with the iMatterUT campaign he is excited about the inter-generational mentoring and learning that seems to be developing strong relationships in the Salt Lake Community. He believes that power is not a thing, it is a relationship.

Kevin Uno

Kevin Uno

Kevin Uno is an earth scientist who studies climate and terrestrial paleoecology during the past 10 million years using stable isotopes from fossil teeth and other geologic materials. He became active with iMatter Utah when his first child was born in 2011. He works with the policy group focusing on coalition building in the business, political and scientific communities in Utah.

Cathleen Zick

Cathleen Zick

Cathleen Zick is a parent and Utah resident who is concerned about how climate change will impact the quality of life for future generations. She believes that efforts to combat global warming by voluntarily car pooling, replacing incandescent lights with CFL lights, turning down our thermostats, and eating locally grown food are not enough. Rather, she thinks it is imperative that all levels of government adopt policies that promote thoughtful, science-based efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

I am a citizen concerned with climate change and its health effects as well as a medical researcher at the University of Utah seeking to better understand the scientific basis about how climate change affects our well-being. The better we know the evidence, the better we are at finding solutions.

Jamie Pleune

Jamie Pleune

Jamie Pleune is a lawyer practicing environmental and family law in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her passion is finding sustainable solutions for Utah families and businesses. She and her husband helped found iMatter Utah after returning from a "Pilgrimage for Hope," a 350 mile walk through Utah to raise awareness for the urgency of addressing climate change in order to preserve our quality of life in Utah. She helps build coalitions with policy group, and she provides legal support to iMatter Utah.

Kathy Albury

Kathy Albury

I am the grandmother of two beautiful boys who have no idea how devastating climate change will be to their lives. I am involved because they matter.

Rebekah Sosa

Rebekah Sosa

Rebekah Sosa grew up in southern Utah and works in the international development sector. She has experienced and documented the impacts of climate change in developing countries around the world. Rebekah understands the urgency in addressing climate change on both a grassroots and governmental level. She would like to see Utahns at the forefront of this movement.