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Kelsey Mech is working hard to divest fossil fuels at the University of Victoria.

Kelsey Mech has been an environmentalist from a young age. Travelling by sailboat for five years through Mexico, Central and South America with her parents, Kelsey saw the environmental destruction associated with human actions through witnessing the bleaching of coral and the slashing and burning of rainforests. However, the most pivotal moment from the trip was standing on the beach of the San Blas Islands in Panama when she was 12 years old. Here she met a young indigenous girl, not much younger than her. The two stood on the beach watching the waves slowly erode the sand beneath their feet. In that moment, the girl said to her, in Spanish, “This is my home, my island, they are disappearing. This is because of climate change.” It was then that her life became powerfully influenced, sending Kelsey on her current journey.

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