#21: NOA BRIDSON
HOMETOWN: STAYNER, ONTARIO
Noa’s passion for the environment began when she was 10 years old, while travelling worldwide and living in remote locations such as the Himalayas and backpacking throughout Africa and Asia. While travelling, she was quickly mesmerized by the complexity and beauty of the environment, but also horrified by how quickly it was being destroyed by human impact. As a result, she vowed to dedicate her life to protecting the natural world and all that lives in it.
Whether it was volunteering at an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand or in Costa Rica monitoring sea turtle habitat, she understood at a young age that humans can have both a positive or negative impact on the environment. Between the ages of 12 to 14, she initiated a wide range of environmental activities from being the leader of a green team, to getting her friends to go on month long anti-consumerism strikes by asking for donations instead of birthday gifts. She also participated in roadside cleanups and made presentations on various environmental issues.
When she returned to Canada, she began to establish her role as an environmental leader in her community, to share her knowledge, experience and passion with others. She has founded her own eco-club named EarthLink that brings awareness, involvement, initiative and passion to projects in her school and community. She is also the environmental representative on Student Council at her school, and she takes an active role in the Ontario Nature Youth Council. She is also on the board of directors for the Environment Network, an organization that addresses local issues. Whether it is through projects that she has initiated within her community and school, or public speaking at events such as the Optimist Club Youth Awards, she has inspired and moved many adults and children to take interest in the world around them.
Noa is confident that she wants to make a positive impact on the environment and minimize her ecological footprint as much as possible. “Although I do not know my exact academic route, or the final destination, I know that by using my talents and determination I will be able to change the world for the better. Ultimately my greatest goal in the next 5 years is to inspire and engage as many people as possible.” Whether it is environmental law, design, or a politician, we have no doubt in our minds that Noa will be successful in whatever route she takes.
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