Brighton Kaoma, Environmental Activist

Brighton Kaoma, left, with SsAM member Les Roberts.

Brighton Kaoma is a 24-year-old Zambian Environmental Activist, Community Organizer and Social Entrepreneur. He’s passionate about inspiring people to live in harmony with nature. He’s the co-founder of Agents of Change – a youth radio and leadership organization. He began his community based environmental protection and conservation advocacy at the age of 14 after being trained as a radio broadcaster by the Childrens’ Radio Foundation.

Brighton has spent the last 8 years training thousands of Young People across the African and European continent on issues of Environmental Advocacy, radio production, education for sustainable development and community organizing. He has held exclusive meetings on leadership and environmental justice issues with the world’s greatest thought leaders including former US President Barack Obama, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel with her Cabinet Ministers, and former Irish President Mary Robinson. He was designated as a UNICEF Climate Ambassador in 2010.

In 2012, he was keynote speaker at a post-graduate graduation ceremony at Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands where 400 graduates heard him. He has conducted community organizing trainings with social entrepreneurs, youth community organisers, children and youths in South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya, Germany, Ethiopia, and Britain. He won the 2015 Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace in the UK. In 2016, World Wide Fund for Nature honoured him with its top International Accolade, the “WWF International Presidents Award”. Brighton is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Royal Commonwealth Society Fellow, and an Alumnus of Cambridge University and the University of Delaware. He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Environmental Education from the University of Zambia.