Thus, Sukhmeet co-created Break The Divide to connect youth in the North to youth in southern Canada to explore the topics of climate change and its effects on mental health. By personifying the effects of environmental degradation in the Arctic, Indigenous youth can teach other youth about these risks so that they can work together to think of solutions.
We had the chance to catch up with one of our Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 alumni, Kale Black, at the Hamilton2Paris rally that took place in Hamilton, Ontario on November 29th, alongside millions of others participating in the Global Climate March prior to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. Here's what he had to say about the role of Canadian youth in climate change conversations.
Ask most undergrads what they have been up to in the past year and you are likely to hear stories about crazy nights at the bar or epic study sessions. If you pin-down a real go-getter you might learn about their involvement in community groups promoting causes they believe in. Ask the same question of Graham May, The Starfish Canada’s number one environmentalist under the age of 25, and your jaw will punch a hole through to your downstairs neighbour’s living room.
When it comes to living a well-rounded sustainable lifestyle, Malkolm Boothroyd is showing the world just how it is done. Not only is Malkolm committed to fossil fuel divestment initiatives, he raises important environmental issues at local activist events, and is conscious in his energy consumption patterns. At 23 years old, Malkolm has made some very outstanding and impactful contributions to the environmental movement.
“Caden Jakesta is 11 years old and is amongst the strongest of leaders I know who is taking action to address environmental and social justice”, says Desiree Wallace, Caden’s nominator.
Through her work and travel, environmental and human rights activist Desiree Wallace has gained a first hand understanding of the social and environmental injustices that exist around the world. These eye opening experiences have led her to bring attention to these injustices and to work towards dismantling many of the oppressive structures that exist.
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.
At the age of 17, Alana Krug-MacLeod has already made an incredible commitment to environmental issues and sustainability. Her accomplishments vividly reflect her creativity and dedication. She is an inspiration to all youth, proving to them that even a young person with a shy nature can have a loud voice if they are passionate and committed.
Our number seven environmentalist gives a whole new meaning to what it means to speak out for the environment, to defend Mother Earth, and to stand in solidarity for the causes that we are deeply passionate about.
Although Veronika grew up with parents that inspired her to appreciate the outdoors, she remembers a pivotal time where her journey into sustainability and conservation began.