2018 #SFTop25 finalist - Skye Noh
HOMETOWN: Kelowna, British Columbia
TRADITIONAL TERRITORY: Unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples
After learning about how climate change created negative impacts environmentally, socially and economically, Skye was determined to spread her knowledge and engage her contemporaries. Skye has made great achievements through her commitment to engage and educate youth, believing that awareness and education is the key to a larger cultural change.
Skye has targeted the complex issue of climate change on various fronts. She advocates for the reduction of single-waste plastics, climate change mitigation, plant-based diets and minimalism while actively practicing these solutions through grassroots initiatives.
Skye is most proud of her Sustainability Club, being a founding member of her school’s first club directed towards the issue of environmental sustainability. Their focus is to educate and empower a diverse community of students surrounding environmental issues. Skye organizes inclusive and engaging weekly meetings, with vegan potlucks throughout the year to generate conversations on local climate change effects and solutions.
One event held by the club included showing a recent environmental documentary, with a live interview viewing with former United States Vice-President Al Gore. Skye also introduced a month long initiative, sharing daily challenges that encouraged youth globally to live more sustainably.
An outstanding achievement of the club is the in-school cafe, Mission Roots. The cafe dedicates all profits to global and local charities, providing a powerful platform that not only informs students about social and environmental issues, but also supports those making concrete changes financially.
The cafe educates the students on how daily choices monetarily, can make a huge impact putting the power back in their hands to make more environmentally friendly choices based on who they support. Mission Roots supports a wide variety of charities such as the communal food bank, who are working towards food waste reduction, and is able to further make community connections by sourcing products from local small businesses.
Skye was dedicated to creating a zero-waste business when starting the cafe, and was successful, implementing paper straws, composting coffee grounds, and discounts for reusable coffee mugs. These practices just part of what makes Mission Roots Cafe, and Skye’s commitment to the environment, so powerful.
Skye just recently presented at TEDxYouth in Kelowna in May, speaking about the link between climate change and gender inequality, further exemplifying Skye’s passion and commitment to educating and empowering those around her to make a change.
Skye’s future looks very bright, as she is planning to complete a joint major in sustainable business at SFU starting in the fall. Through this degree, Skye plans to understand how to apply technology or business to mitigate climate issues. She already had plans to push for the divestment of fossil fuels from the institution, and to rally those around her in order to make real, tangible changes.
Skye hopes to bridge the gap between students and take a multifaceted approach to implementing local solutions. She hopes to continue her entrepreneurial journey by one day starting her own sustainable business that includes the consideration of environmental impacts.