Ed Johnstone, Quinault Indian Nation tribal member and policy spokesperson, addresses those attending the First Stewards climate change symposium.

Ed Johnstone, Quinault Indian Nation tribal member and policy spokesperson, addresses those attending the First Stewards climate change symposium.

Ed Johnstone, Quinault Indian Nation fisheries and ocean policy spokesperson, was recognized at a White House ceremony as part of the Champions for Change program April 11. Johnstone was lauded along with 11 other citizens, businesses and community leaders who are Champions of Change working to prepare their communities for the consequences of climate change.

Johnstone was honored as a voice for alerting the world to climate change impacts on the ecosystems and fisheries that support QIN culture and economy. He was one of the co-leaders of the inaugural First Stewards climate change symposium held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian last year.

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, the White House features a group of Americans  – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The full list of honorees and their biographies will be here in the coming days.