Food waste is a social, environmental, and cultural issue. Many go without food, or are walking the thin line of poverty. From the Food Bank Canada website, 13% of Canadians do not have continuous access to safe, nutritious, and quality food.
Pauli practices Inuit traditions of hunting and camping, guided by the IQ guiding principles, specifically through Avatimik Qamatsiarnik, the concept of environmental stewardship and Inuuqatigiitsiarniq, the concept of being respectful. Pauli shows his passion for the environment by practicing these IQ guiding principles when hunting for animals to provide for his family and community.
Dominique is a connector, thought-generator and compassionate youth climate advocate. She is a self-proclaimed “climate nerd” whose passion, research and work focuses on innovative climate action. Her journey started when she approached the Seychelles Ambassador to the United Nations, United States and Canada, volunteering her support for COP21.
Caroline Merner is an emerging youth leader in sustainability and youth engagement, whose passion, grace, and enthusiasm is truly infectious. As her nominator wrote to us: “We need people like Caroline to inspire and encourage us to keep pushing for a more sustainable future – she is the perfect cheerleader for the young environmental leaders that she is always fighting for.”
“I see youth my age, and people of even younger generations capable of filling the environmental, technological, and policy gaps that currently lack in our political systems to effectively take action on climate change. We need to be more empathetic about the situation, to help each other, and I want to work closely with affected communities to share their narratives.”
Last year, Eva was one of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Youth Ambassadors for Parks Canada. She and Co-Ambassador Kim Mathieu worked to increase diversity and accessibility for Canadians to access Parks, conservation, and citizen science. They put new ideas to the test, launching new podcasts, a documentary series and community outreach projects that generate opportunities for youth and young families.
In July 2017, Emily and a friend revitalized Community Earth Project, an organization that helps local youth and business owners work together on improving sustainable business practices. Community Earth Project integrates sustainable solutions into youth culture and provide young people with a deeper understanding of their potential influence. This project gives them the tools they need to make a meaningful impact on the world around them.
When Stephanie was nine years old, her mother picked up a sack of potatoes from a family friend that worked at a farm. She was shocked to learn almost 30% of their potatoes were considered junk for not being the correct shape or size for distribution. They would save a few ‘bad’ potatoes for the employees, but the rest were too much effort to deal with, and were therefore destined for the garbage.
“Lisa is one of the most inspiring youth I have ever had the pleasure of working with… Lisa has taught me that youth can be driving forces for positive environmental change, and to be optimistic for the future.”
Sujeethan has shown dedication and passion through his volunteer work with Friends of the Rouge Watershed (FRW), where he helped coordinate FRW’s ecological restoration and environmental stewardship programs.