Bike enthusiast Graham May is #8 on the Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25.

Photo from Graham May.

Photo from Graham May.

Consistency is key. Graham May proves that consistency in excellence, ranking 8th on the top 25 for the second year in a row!

Last year, he earned his spot for his work founding and coordinating GrassRoutes – a group of passionate youngsters who aim to make a difference by biking across Canada, presenting to youth groups along the way and raising money to support various environmental initiatives. Graham has kept GrassRoutes up and extended the program biking across Canada and Turkey, leading 22 environmental workshops for 1,580 youth, raising $14,600 to support youth-led environmental initiatives, and consuming 24 jars of peanut butter.  Driven and inspiring, Turkish youth have been moved to start their own bike tour next year; his sustainability efforts are increased by inspiring others and leveraging the agency of youth!

He has also launched Student on Ice (SOI) Alumni Delegation. In June 2012, he worked as Education Director of the SOI delegation at the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit, leading a nine-student team in development and delivery of a Polar sustainability presentation. The presentation engaged 2,300+ audience members, including UN national delegations of Sweden, Norway, and Seychelles. His goals are lofty, but attainable: to overcome the lack of accessibility for youth to engage with and influence Arctic decision-making.

Apart from the hands on work Graham has been delivering, he is also starting to involve himself in environmental policy tackling some of Mount Allison University’s gaps in policy and education as the chair of the Environmental Issues Committee. Directing a team of 15 academics, students, and staff an 8 month educational program was developed and Graham assures us that we haven’t seen the last of him. 

Next steps for May include working with Nathan Cullen, an MP from Northern BC to delve deeper into the world of policy in order to guide the change-making journey he has embarked upon!  Happy cycling!