Aidan is a graduating senior from Humboldt State University in Northern California with a bachelors of science degree in environmental management and protection with an emphasis in ecological restoration. He has a love for the outdoors, and working with volunteer organizations to remove invasive species, create trails, and plant native species. He takes landscape and nature photographs of the changing environment along the North coast in a coastal ecosystem and a mixed conifer forest. Aidan believes education from an early age, and an incentive to maintain ecological integrity is necessary to change the current environmental stigma.
Alexandra is a Program Manager at a healthcare software company by day and a writer for GenW and OPP by night. As a Venture for Canada fellow and International Business grad, Alex hopes to be a part of changing the world through social entrepreneurship. She can be spotted biking the streets of Halifax, aimlessly wandering around the library, or attempting to complete NYT online crosswords at local cafes.
Alicia Dawn Peterpaul is a 24-year-old First Nations, Mi’kmaq, from the reservation Elsipogtog, New Brunswick. Peterpaul is an environmentalist who graduated in 2011 from Fredericton High School, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After completing high-school, she went on to beauty school, and eventually found herself in university. Peterpaul is a current student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and studies political science, with a dual concentration in sociology. Peterpaul believes that environmental policy is an essential part of mitigating climate change, for many reasons, pointing out that:
“Policy makers must create policies for our elected representatives to include in their platforms, regarding environmental policy. Legislation must be introduced and implemented in our country to lower and regulate greenhouse gas emissions. We need to set a good example for other countries, in mitigating climate change.”
Alison Conrad lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is passionate about finding new ways in which we can work together with each other and nature to do better for the planet. Her goal is to help put the spotlight on new perspectives and things that aren’t typically discussed – in order to do differently, we have to think differently.
Alison is an aspiring naturalist and an avid birdwatcher, always outdoors and learning as much as possible from both people and planet.
Follow @alison_conrad_ if you like birds, travel, and random neat nature facts.
Allison is a Senior Project Coordinator at a national environmental charity. She has been working and volunteering in the environmental not-for-profit sector since finishing her Masters in Environmental Studies at Queen's University in 2009. She also has an interest in environmental and social policy and has volunteered on municipal and federal election campaigns.
Allison is a citizen arborist, travel fiend, amateur birder, and baseball nut who lives in Toronto with her husband and their two dogs, Buster and Fox.
Amanda is a Canadian university student studying in the field of Biology. She has recently begun her Zero Waste journey and is working towards reducing her consumption of plastics, one mason jar at a time.
While not at school, Amanda spends her time outdoors, camera in hand, exploring the waters and hiking through local provincial parks. On rainier days, she can be found between the pages of a novel in her favourite used book store.
You can follow her Zero Waste Journey at @ZeroWasteSpace on both Instagram and Twitter.
Ashley is an aspiring marine biologist and recent graduate from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies. After spending several summers participating in marine research internships, she realized a need for improved communication between the scientific and public spheres. She plans to attend graduate school in the near future to study marine molecular ecology and hopes to pursue a career that will allow her to use research to influence conservation efforts. Ashley loves scuba diving, her pets, and a good cup of coffee.
Ben Eisner moved from Toronto to Vancouver to pursue a degree in Natural Resources Conservation from the UBC. These experiences allowed him to appreciate the many subtle differences in our vast country. He has learnt that positivity enables effective conversations about pressing issues, and his goals now align with sharing that with everyone.
Brendan Such is a professional biologist based out of Calgary, Alberta. He has been working in environmental science and consulting for seven years focusing on wildlife, wetlands, and waterways. His experience has included work for both industry and for non-profit conservation organizations. Since graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, where he studied Environmental Science, Zoology, Chemistry and Ecology, he has been passionate about sustainable resource development, environmental policy, and renewable energy. Brendan is an avid freeskier and hockey player, loves craft beer and old-school hip hop, and spends as much time outside as possible. Brendan is a strong believer in the ability of public perception to shape critical environmental issues; he is an advocate of positive forces for change.
Brendan can be reached at:
Email: Bgsuch.env @ gmail.com
Brenna Walsh is a recent graduate in Chemistry who is passionate about the environment. She is enthusiastic about introducing people to small changes they can add to their lives to reduce their own footprint. She believes a few small changes can always lead to a few more and before long large changes have occurred and you haven't even noticed the difference! She is a native of Nova Scotia but has lived in Montreal for (most of) the last seven years. She just returned from Senegal where she was working in Sustainable Waste Management. The most important things in her life are family, her other half and a nice place to run and recharge and loves getting to spend time by the ocean.
Brittany Johnson grew up in the Intermountain West, United States. Her childhood adventures in the mountains inspired her passion for wildlife and environmental studies. She graduated in Biology and Wildlife Science from Utah State University. Afterwards she attained wildlife positions that encompassed sensitive species conservation and wildlife disease management. Her ultimate career goal is to assist in the achievement of sustainable ecosystems through means of conservation and tailored wildlife management. Her recent move to Germany, an innovative country in terms of green energy and policy, has been an additional motivator to contribute to environmental health. Her pastimes involve hiking, running, and snowshoeing with her two energetic pups.
Brooke Forbes is a Pacific Northwest transplant hailing from the vast prairies (and boreal forests!) of Saskatchewan. She studied Natural Resources Conservation at UBC and now spends her days working with raptors for problem species management and public education. She is an avid kayaker, tea drinker, karaoke enthusiast, and always aiming to be a better steward of our planet.
From a child growing up in Botswana, the daughter of a civil engineer and in love with nature, it seemed it was fate that Carlene would find her fervency in all things environmental. Carlene has recently moved from Cape Town to Calgary and from sandy beaches to snowy mountains. Carlene has an unwavering passion for what she does and has a knack for spreading this passion to all she encounters along on the way.
Caroline Ouellet has a diploma in Renewable Resource Management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. Her hobbies include scuba diving, dog sledding, paddle boarding and art. Scientific interests include environmental toxicology and mitigation
Cassandra is a climate change and sustainability researcher from Montreal, Quebec. She holds an MSc Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies from Concordia University, is keen on understanding complex issues related to climate change, and is passionate about finding positive ways to address these challenges. She enjoys spending time with cats (her orange cat Clancy in particular), cooking from new vegan recipes, spending time with friends and family, and running. Autumn is her favorite season.
Catalina is from Colombia, South America and is an Anthropologist. She has a MA in Psychology with emphasis in Social Science research. During her career, she has been studying about the relationship between the Colombian indigenous population and environment and in this way, she has been learning that humans have a special connection with nature but for many reasons we have lost it and it’s time to get it back.
As a person, taking care of nature is really important in her life, and is a passion and every day in every moment I´m thinking how we can take care of water resources, improve recycling practices, etc. Catalina considers the earth like my mother that needs to be respected and protected; for that reason, she feels that one of her missions is help to empower people to take care of the environment and create solid bonds of love between communities and nature.
Cathy Boyce is a freelance writer and community worker in Saint John, New Brunswick. She is into being compassionate towards the earth, animals and other human beings. Social justice, empathy and witches are some of the topics Cathy covers in her writing. Her at home office is full of cats and plants. Read some of Cathy’s previous work here.
Having long been fascinated by Nature, Clément has tried to spend as much time as possible enjoying all the things it can bring to humans and its intrinsic value and beauty. From spending hours and days outdoors to scuba diving, this passion has led him to discover a world unknown to many and pursue studies in biology and a master’s degree in sustainable development to be an active player in the protection of the environment. He firmly believes that there is a way out of the negative trend that we have been living in and sees a real shift in the way people consider and treat Nature. This is great news for a movement that needs to be a collective effort that will surely in his mind, carry over great change and positive results.
Courtney is solar-powered and thrives best after her morning coffee and yoga. She is a 2018 graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program at Acadia University. Courtney is passionate about vegan food and making sustainable choices everyday. She believes that through education individuals can modify their diets and make changes that move towards a sustainable future.
Danielle attends the University of Waterloo after completing her undergraduate degree at Laurentian University in Sudbury which is where she grew up. The focus of her undergrad degree was in Environmental Studies and Geography with a minor in communications. During the course of this, Danielle completed a fourth-year thesis which looked into the energy consumption of buildings with a certification under the LEED Rating Systems. In addition, she has worked for Science North for many years as a Science Communicator where she helped develop and demonstrate science based programs for school group and the public. Danielle’s current research interest includes the implications of trust in regulatory actors by lay people when talking about the risks and benefits of energy storage.
Dylan Kennedy is a local Halifax drag artist. As a former public relations
coordinator for the Coastal Trail, he saw first-hand the problematic ways
in which people interact with the land around them. Having studied
political science and international development at Dalhousie University, he
recognizes the need for an anthropological approach to building a
sustainable future. Dylan believes that sustainability must combine modern
innovation with pre-colonial cultural resurgence in order to unplug from
our system of wasteful production.
Through combining modern tools with old world concepts and spirituality,
Dylan hopes to find new methods to solve the problems of our collective
relationship to our environment.
Georgia Atkin is a poet and environmentalist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She recently graduated from the University of King's College with a BA in English and Environment, Sustainability & Society, with a minor in Journalism. Her favourite hobbies include juggling, doing Sudoku puzzles, and generally messing about with words. She currently edits Open Heart Forgery, a Halifax-based grassroots poetry publication.
Hilary graduated from Dalhousie University in 2015 with a BSc in Environment and Sustainability. She has since been living on the west coast, spending her summers farming on Salt Spring Island, BC and her winters exploring the nearby mountains and coastline. She has a strong interest in the intersection between environmental conservation and community resiliency. Her passion is working with people, and she plans to pursue a degree in teaching with a focus on environmental and outdoor education.
Ildiko is a Hungarian wanderer and change believer, writing from the Amazon jungle. Graduated in marketing, she wants to use her knowledge to make a positive impact.
Her focus is on how personal decisions and behaviours can make a difference. Ildiko is constantly looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly life in our current consumerist society. She is a yoga fan, vegetarian, DIY enthusiast and the mother of a devil-puppy.
Ingrid Polini Is Brazilian, vegan and ultramarathoner. Works with IT, but her really passion is nature and nutrition and is Always trying to help people in one way or another.
Jackson is an avid outdoorsman. His inspiration comes from experiencing nature through photography, study, and recreation. He has a degree in Biology and Earth Sciences and is passionate about all aspects of nature and conservation.
Jazzmine is a young professional in the nonprofit sector with a passion for travel, sustainability, conscious living, and storytelling. Jazzmine is currently located in Toronto but can usually be found working on grassroots development projects around the world in countries such as Ghana and India. You can follow her adventures at www.sunshineandraine.com.
Jenine Demyen is the owner of Edible Landscapes Permaculture Design and Consulting in Regina, SK. She has her B.Sc. in Physics, her Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and is currently a student at the Herbal Academy of New England. She is a steward of the land on her 22 acre permaculture farm where she lives with her partner, their four boys, rabbits and chickens. She lives most of her life outdoors learning from the natural world. Jenine enjoys wildcrafting, plant spirit medicine, sustainable building, and regenerating landscapes. She helps others to make the most of what nature has provided them through her consultations and workshops which focus on self-sufficiency skills (mostly in cold climates). She has recently started up a second company called Pure Life Consulting (named after the Costa Rican motto "Pura Vida") to guide people in living a simple life that is rich in time, energy and joy.
Jessica McDermott received her MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Idaho. Currently, she teaches writing and coordinates writing tutoring in Denver, Colorado. Her love of nature and animals has always been an integral part of who she is, and she finds immense joy in exploring, and advocating for, the natural world.
Jocelyn Morton recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.A in International Development Studies. Jocelyn is an enthusiast of the outdoors as she has a love for hiking, camping, and exploring. Jocelyn’s passion for nature has shown her just how important it is to preserve and care for the beauty of nature and our planet, Earth. Inspired by the work of Our Positive Planet and her community she is working towards living a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Jocelyn is a strong believer that individual action can create incredible change.
Recent graduate in Canada’s capital city who loves art, music, and travelling. Josh looks for the silver lining in every story and lives with Beck and Julian Casablancas as the background to his life. Josh’s heart lies in agri-business in Africa after completing his graduate degree in Victoria, British Columbia, to help create sustainable measures for the world’s remaining arable land.
Justin is a Professionally Trained Chef, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, and Student of Herbal Medicine. He specializes in cooking with natural, whole foods, and is a passionate advocate of a plant based diet. His goal is to bring natural living into the mainstream again, while focusing on environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Justin loves to share his passions with others, through cooking, as well as teaching.
Justin teaches workshops and cooking classes, and works with people one on one, helping them develop personalized nutrition and meal plans. He works closely with Local Farms, using whatever fresh goodies they have in season, and has started to get into harvesting wild foods! Justin hopes to inspire others to walk the green path, eat with the seasons, and live mindfully.
With an interest in Public Health, Justin has plans to study Health Promotion and Policy, with hopes to help shape positive change in society. In the meantime, his focus is in healthy living, and community building, which will lay the ground work for new great things to come.
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Kailee Marland grew up in Saskatchewan, which may explain her far reaching interests and pursuits; it's hard not to see endless possibilities when you grow up with a limitless skyline. She divides her time between whitewater rafting, kayak and canoe instruction, natural building, general carpentry and restoring ecosystems. She has a Kinesiology degree from the University of Saskatchewan that will soon be complimented by a Post Graduate Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems from the University of Victoria. Travelling has exposed her to the many exciting things that people are doing all over the world. Writing about them allows her to share those experiences.
Kameron graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.Sc. in Marine Sciences with a concentration in Marine Biology. She is passionate about the protection of the environment, specifically ocean conservation, and plans to apply her passion to the research of anthropogenic effects on marine organisms. She also strives to share her love and knowledge with those around her to make a greater impact for the planet.
Kate is the founder and creator of Our Positive Planet. After graduating from Dalhousie in 2016, she was overcome with a sense of doom. So she took action and created Our Positive Planet – a platform to share environmental success stories, and tips on living a zero waste lifestyle. She has a passion for the outdoors, and love sailing.
"Kathryn is a passionate environmentalist and animal lover with a background in Ecology (M.Sc., Carleton University, 2006) and veterinary work. She currently works as the Program Coordinator at Sustainable Eastern Ontario (www.sustainableeasternontario.ca) and the Communications Coordinator at the Peace & Environment Centre (www.perc.ca) in Ottawa. She as a particular love of amphibians and wetland ecosystems. When she's not trying to save the planet she's walking dogs - sometimes her own rescued Doberman, Thor, sometimes other people's dogs! - or cuddling cats, and she also enjoys a good hike and some quality knitting time. Kathryn's favourite dinosaur is the stegosaurus.
Katie finished her masters in Environmental Science and Management in 2017. During her masters she realised that many people were unaware of what goes on in the world beyond their front door especially where the environment was concerned. So she started Environmintleaf, an environment education blog where she talks about everything environmental.
Kevin is an outdoor and environmental enthusiast who gained his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience from the University at Buffalo. Currently working as a science educator in Long Island, New York, he believes that one of the most important ways to creating a healthy future for our planet is through youth education. The world is an amazing place and is something we must preserve for those that follow us. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, disc golf, concerts and festivals, or even just laying in a hammock in the woods.
Kirsten is a fellow environmental enthusiast living in BC, Canada. Having grown up with a fondness for the natural world, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science as a way to evolve her passions into action. Currently, she works with Fisheries and Oceans Canada assisting in the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems. In her spare time you’re likely to find her hiking mountains, enjoying live music, or van camping with her fella. Someday, Kirsten aspires to merge her love of conservation and sustainable living with her equal passion for travel so as to ‘hug as many trees’ on this beautiful planet as she can!
Kristian is a recent graduate from Forestry, looking at the use and storage of forest biomass for bioenergy. He loves learning about anything to do with the environment, but tends to focus on Ontario, Canada, Forestry, and Renewable Energy. Calling Southern Ontario home, Kristian is involved with local Environmental and Heritage groups and enjoys cleaning up the local watershed.
Laura is an environmental researcher and documentary filmmaker. She started her film career 2 years ago with the award-winning filmmaker Zed Nelson, and has recently produced a feature doc with Suez and Du Pont on the world water crisis. She also directed and produced a short doc on plastic pollution, which was picked up by a series of green film festivals. She has an MRes in Environmental Research from KCL and has presented both her film and academic work to audiences around the world. Most importantly, she believes that positivity has the power to save the world.
Laurel Sleigh recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a double major in Environmental Studies and English. She is now pursuing a law degree at Thompson Rivers University and will hopefully become involved in environmental law or policy in the future. Laurel passionate about the oceans and anything marine ecology but also loves a good hike in the mountains.Through her career, she hope to become an effective advocate for the environment and do her part to create a healthier planet.
Lauren is a student from England who loves trees and bees! Her outdoor life in the British countryside led her to a university life of environmental history - that means a whole lot on animals, activism and anything nature! She believes that this study of the past reminds us of our plans for the future. With this in mind, she is currently working on the Bees Campaign to help save bees from pesticides, a buzzing topic that has some brilliant and inspiring success stories just waiting to be shared.
Lucia fell into sustainability by accident. Her mom was always doing weird things other moms didn't do, like reusing plastic containers, carrying around cloth bags, and composting. Her older sisters recycled and one of them inexplicably kept a bucket of composting earthworms. Being eco-friendly was a part of Lucia's life long before the zero waste movement. Her educational background has nothing (and everything) to do with the Earth; she has a Bachelor's in Health Science, a certificate in Entrepreneurship, and another in Health Coaching. Lucia is still naively wise enough to think she can change the world and wants to tell you about all the cool things people are doing so you can come along.
Lucia Nalbandian is a Research and Policy Analyst who has worked with local and international policy makers, non-profit organizations and executives to grow their research portfolios and assist in the development and administration of immigration, health and regulatory policies. While Lucia holds a BA in Political Science and Law, her interest in the environment stems from a desire to see the beautiful sights that nature has to offer and experience the untouched parts of our planet before they seize to exit.
Madelaine’s main ambition in life is to learn as much possible about food. When she isn’t devouring books on food system sustainability, food security or food politics you can find her scouring the streets of Vancouver in search of the city’s greatest veggie burger.
Maria is a veterinary surgeon determined to dedicate her career to wildlife and conservation. Defining herself as a world citizen, she advocates for a more sustainable living and believes that every effort towards change can make a significant difference.
Growing up surrounded by nature, Maria’s idea of a perfect scenario resumes itself to a green, sunny and quiet one. She loves to cook vegan food (and even more to eat it), long one-on-one chats, to swim in the ocean, live music, to play the ukulele and a good book.
Her life goal is to travel the world, saving wildlife species and habitats.
Marium is a relentless optimist who is yet to find a cloud without a silver lining. Her ‘everything-happens-for-a-reason’ attitude and ‘can-do’ spirit is keeping her sane in our current climate crisis. This recent U of T grad is hoping to make you giggle with her words amidst the smog of the capitalist regime. Marium is a big fan of theatrics and a firm supporter of shenanigans. In her spare time she likes to write poetry, play the ukulele and workout.
Meera is a mom to two young girls in Toronto, Ontario. She has been married to her husband, Mark, for almost a decade even though she’s really not that old. Since childhood, Meera has been passionate about saving the world. She went on to become a teacher to pass on that fire to elementary kids! Meera’s other interests include cooking vegetarian food for her family, forcing her husband to exercise with her, and blogging on Instagram. She strongly believes in the wise words of Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”!
Merinah is a university student obtaining a BA in Environmental Studies, with her main end goal being: save the world! She loves to eat green and live greener. With a passion for living a healthy lifestyle, traveling, and influencing others to take action on making the world a better, happier and healthier place. You can always bet on finding Merinah in the nearest vegetarian restaurant, testing their smoothies and juices.
Mia is a biology student at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and avid hiker and outdoorsman. When she’s not trudging through the backcountry, you can find her spending time on her small sustainable homestead in Berthoud, Colorado with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats and numerous chickens and ducks. Coral reef and wildlife conservation are Mia’s passions, and she enjoys educating people on how to preserve nature and maintain its pristine ecosystems. When time allows, Mia loves to travel and share her experiences on her blog, allupinthenature.com.
Michelle Massart is new graduate with a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. She’s currently living in Ottawa, Ontario working for the Government of Canada. Michelle has a keen interest in responsible and sustainable environmental policies that will protect the health of our planet for future generations. Her true passions lie in renewable energies, sustainable waste management and air quality monitoring. She believes our world will one day achieve global carbon responsibility. In her free time you’re most likely to find Michelle outdoors, enjoying nature!
Milan is an environmentalist looking to make the world a better place. Green thumb and green heart, he is your guide to getting in tune with nature!
Mira is an environmentalist, an explorer and adventurer at heart. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Environmental Sciences and from Humber College with a graduate certificate in International Development. She coordinated community development and mangrove restoration projects in Honduras and is now managing a business and doing consulting work. She hopes to promote how human development and environmental sustainability can go hand in hand without sacrificing one another.
Born and raised in an Acadian community tucked in the Bay of Fundy on the East Coast, Natalie had a childhood filled with ocean air and old growth forests. Further to her Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Natalie went on to pursue a Masters in Forestry and Bioenergy in Finland. Currently living in Edmonton, Natalie continues to advocate the basic human right to a healthy environment.
Natasha grew up spending her summers in Algonquin Park, on the beaches of Prince Edward Island, and around Dorchester, New Brunswick. It was no surprise when she decided to leave the suburbs of Mississauga and move to the East Coast. Natasha has spent the last five years at Dalhousie University. She has completed a double major degree in Environment, Sustainability & Society as well as International Development Studies. When she graduates this fall she will also have obtained minors in both economics and musicology. Her fondness to educate and empower others to take care, protect and appreciate the surrounding environment has led her to help with community development projects. Alongside these projects, Natasha has spent the past two years consulting for various locally run businesses around Halifax. Her musical background has also led to research and reports on how to make the music industry sustainable. She has been looking at the complexities surrounding concerts and festivals, working towards the potential to overcome the barriers that surround them. She hopes to help promote and encourage people’s decisions to re-invent common sense and balance of everyday life through conscious consumption and all around respect for the Earth.
Olivia graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in French from Alma College in 2015. Since then, she has been working in the environmental field trying to bring about positive change. She has worked at both the Michigan Department of Natural Resources where she helped complete habitat restoration projects, and studied beneficial insects in the entomology department at Michigan State University. Some of her hobbies include traveling, kickboxing, and hanging out with her pets.
Over the last two decades Paul has worked all over the world in the fields of education technology, the environment, climate change, biodiversity, historical and cultural projects including terrestrial and marine archaeology. Since 2006 he has been Co-Director of The Sandwatch Foundation, a UNESCO funded coastal environmental/climate change project that is active on more than 50 countries, mostly Small Island Developing States around the world.
Preeti is a human rights and environmental activist. She has a degree in Environmental Management and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a Law degree from the UK. She currently works with the human rights organization One Free World International as a writer and analyst. She is also involved in developing her communities urban food systems through The Backyard Farm and Market at Erin Mills. Preeti enjoys traveling, dancing, reading and food. She has a passion for studying and developing sustainable living and agriculture.
Rachael is a recent Biology grad from the University of British Columbia, and is now based out of Calgary. Her passions include exploring the great outdoors, traveling, meeting new people, and living sustainably! Since working for an oil&gas company in Calgary, she has developed a keen interest in transitioning our energy sector from fossil fuels to greener technologies, all the while maintaining a solid economy and minimizing job losses. On her time off, you will find her in the mountains - summer or winter! She has plans to continue her studies in Sustainability and Green Energy, for now, she is eagerly planning her upcoming trip to South America!
Reet Rannik was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Being from an island, she always had a caring relationship with the ocean and the natural world. Reet studied Written Arts at Bard College in upstate New York. When she came back to the Dominican Republic she started noticing all the contamination that was crawling all over the island's beaches. Instead of picking up seashells, she started picking up plastic and having talks with the people who owned the businesses neighbouring the beaches. Many were not aware of the direct relationship there is between the contamination in the beaches and the fact they were offering single-use plastics to their clients. Unfortunately, there is no recycling in the Dominican Republic and people are conditioned to form part of the "throwaway" culture. Her goal is to continue educating herself in Environmental Science so she can give talks around her country to educate the people in order to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Her dream is to make the Dominican Republic go green!
Ruby is a business gal and sustainability enthusiast, with a passion for all things conservation. She loves to learn and teach about the interconnection and importance of business and the environment. She has dreams of one day helping people from all over the world build self-sustaining social enterprises. Her hobbies include writing, drawing, and geeking out with Sci-Fi graphic novels and movies (so recommendations are always welcome!).
Russell is an avid runner, reader, soccer aficionado, and environmental enthusiast. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences. His passion is environmental conservation, and he is especially concerned with protecting endangered species. The prospect of losing a species forever is a testament to the fragility of life and a powerful reminder of the need to respect and nurture it. He hopes to inspire others to want to reduce their ecological footprints and help create a sustainable world for all its inhabitants. Together, we can make a difference!
Meet Salema! Salema just graduated from Dalhousie University, with a degree in International Development and Chemistry. Salema is planning on pursuing a career in Naturopathic Medicine. She is passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle, and showing others how easy it is to do the same. Salema likes to spend her in the outdoors, or trying new recipes in the kitchen.
Brought up all over the world, Samantha Carolina is a mix of two developing countries but had the first-hand opportunity to see different parts of the world for herself. With this life long experience, it has taught her how different cultures operate and the differences between them. It has also allowed her to appreciate what she has and gives her a better grasp of the planet we live on and its inhabitants.
With that being said, her life long dream was to have a dog. In high school, she got seven dogs in one go as her family started rescuing stray dogs in their community. Currently, she is finishing up a degree in International Development Studies, with an interest in Environmental Studies and a minor in Visual Arts. In the future, she plans to combine the two via installation art at an international level to produce critical thinking and thought provoking issues to the public.
She lives by two quotes “education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” by Nelson Mandela and “be the change you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi.
She believes that the world is intertwined in more ways that one imagines, the worlds inhabitants are dormant and distracted with irrelevant issues and she wishes to awaken them to the reality of the truth.
Sarah Mo is a femme POC globetrotter of five years now. Blessed with a wide array of skills and interests that include an affinity for the arts, permaculture design and spirituality, Sarah finds inspiration in nature and community. She continues to travel in order to learn, grow and share her skills with others and is excited to share her experiences in sustainability with Positive Planet.
Savanna received her M.S from the Florida State University in Aquatic Environmental Science in May 2018. She has an undying passion for the ocean and marine conservation that was instilled at a young age. An avid diver since 10-years old, she has logged countless hours underwater exploring the reefs and wrecks of the northern Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Destin, Florida. Savanna’s goal is to spread the environmental conservation message far and wide to inspire a necessary change in human attitude and behavior- and to see the world along the way!
Serina Hughes is a naturalist for the NY State Parks at Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Cold Spring, NY. She has a BA in Biology and is currently working on her MA in Biology with Project Dragonfly. Serina loves to travel and in her free time is either snowboarding, hiking, hunting, fishing, boxing, creating art (she sells it on the side @serinaannart), or doing any type of water sports! Serina’s dream job is to have her own TV show like the croc hunter, so she can inspire others to love wildlife just as much as she does!
Adopted from Cambodia, Sophie is from Oakland, Maine, USA, where her parents and two brothers live. Currently Sophie is completing her Bachelor of Science honors degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability at Dalhousie University. She is also an executive member of Your Environmental Sustainability Society (YESS) at Dalhousie, where they work to promote sustainable actions and provide students with opportunities on campus and in the community. Growing up surrounded by forests and taking family hikes, she loves the environment. Her dream job is to go back to Cambodia and do developmental community work.
Stephanie lives in Calgary and keeps a low carbon footprint by walking everywhere and living a vegan lifestyle. She is a former Farm Sanctuary intern and lover of all animals, especially pigs. Stephanie works in the insurance industry by day and volunteers in the community in her spare time. Her interests are photography, vegan food, documentaries and solo travel. You can read more from her at https://giveachuck.wordpress.com/
Tatiana is an animal-loving, adventure-seeking environmentalist. She’s American-Lebanese-Swiss, but Canada adopted her after she fell in love with one of its men and all of its nature. Tatiana has studied (BSc, McGill University; MEM, Yale University) and worked in the environmental field for over a decade. Over that time, she’s worn multiple hats as a scientist, manager, and educator. She’s excited to swap stories, share ideas, and generate change for people and planet!
Meet Teo! She recently graduate from Queen’s University with a BAH in Sociology, Development and Environmental Studies. She is currently living in Ottawa, ON, Canada with her new Great Pyrenees puppy and is in pursuit of a Nonprofit Management Graduate Diploma in hopes of learning more about the environmental and wildlife sectors. She’s always been passionate about environmental conservation and sustainability and believes that education and awareness is the best way to make a difference!
Tonya grew up far from saltwater in Michigan and north Texas but developed a love for the ocean during family vacations to Florida and caught her first shark while fishing with her dad in Charlotte Harbor. Following a stint in the US Navy she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Fisheries from Texas A&M University at Galveston. She completed an internship with the White Shark Research Institute in South Africa, and then a temporary research project on endangered suckers with US Geological Survey in Oregon. Tonya has worked for the Coastal Fisheries Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a Marine Finfish Hatchery Technician, Ecosystem Management Technician, and Fisheries Outreach Specialist; and for Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research on the Sawfish Research Project leading field surveys for endangered smalltooth sawfish from Tampa Bay to the Florida Keys. Tonya is now the President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation, founded to promote the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources through research, outreach, and education.
Tori is a graduate from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Natural Resources Management and minors in both Biology and Writing. She is a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician serving in the Michigan conservation districts. She works with farmers and forest owners to improve land practices and protect water quality. She enjoys hiking and hanging out with her two dogs and hedgehog - Maggie, Timber, and Dwight. She is passionate about wildlife and environmental education and has been a part of the positive planet family for over a year now.
Tyler grew up Truro, Nova Scotia, and then continued to grow up while studying biology in Quebec. He then grew up some more as he raced bikes around the globe, and a bit more as he tree planted in Canada. Like a goldfish, as long as he eludes confinement he may never stop growing, although he will always care deeply for the welfare of wild animals, and the conservation of our planet. Although the 'voices' of wild animals and our planet can be difficult to hear, he believes we must listen hard in order to learn more about their needs.