#5 - KELSEY MECH
HOMETOWN: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Kelsey’s contributions to the environmental movement have been tremendous. She placed fifth on our list last year and reclaimed her spot in 2015 for the amazing efforts she’s made to unite Canadian institutions from divesting from fossil fuels.
Kelsey landed a position as the National Director of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition. In this position, She coordinated, supported and provided resources for over 30 fossil fuel divestment campaigns across the country, working every day with students from coast to coast to take their campaigns to the next level.
In November 2014, she organized the first ever National Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence, bringing together students from divestment campaigns on 17 different campuses to learn, network, and connect on divestment. Recently, more than fifteen campaigns in Canada participated in the Global Divestment Day with actions and events on their campuses to continue to pressure their university.
In her role as National Director, she also led the Canadian Youth Delegation to COP 20 in Lima, Peru in December, 2014. She selected and coordinated seven youth from across Canada to attend this important United Nations event for international climate change negotiations. Together, in Peru, she worked to tell the stories of what was taking place to Canadians. the group held actions at the conference itself to hold the Canadian government accountable for their inaction on climate change. At the time of writing, Kelsey’s planning to do it all over again with the Canadian Youth Delegation for COP 21 in Paris.
In addition to her work the the CYCC, she joined the Organize B.C. training team on Vancouver Island to provide organizer training to community members to help their work in opposing pipelines and tankers in British Columbia, and also for organizing leading up to the federal election. She is also a Director on the Board of RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs), an organization based in Victoria that raises funds for First Nations litigation, generally against resource extraction or development projects.
We’re astounded by Kelsey’s ability to mobilize and make change for the environmental movement. Her contributions have been noticed by many and we know her future as an environmentalist looks quite bright.
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