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Youth Leaders Panel: A Discussion on Environmental Intersectionality

February 23 @ 12:00 pm

Although the term intersectionality holds different meanings for different groups, consciously or subconsciously, youth across the nation are working towards addressing intersecting topics such as climate change, conservation, social justice, and human rights. BCCIC will be hosting a panel of environmental youth leaders who will be sharing their personal and professional experiences as youth educators and activists in their communities. Participants will be able to learn more about the intrinsic links between social justice and environmentalism, as well as be able to discover the type of work that can be done in the environmental sector, while also advocating for social justice.

Melisa Tang Choy is a second-generation Chinese immigrant from Guangdong province, born and raised in Lima, Peru, and now immigrant settler on the ancestral and stolen territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh). Three years ago, she did not know how to say “sustainability” in Cantonese. Her organizing with Shades of Sustainability led her to find more mearnings to “sustainability”, and also led her to her work with Embark Sustainability, a student-led organization out of Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about people, their stories and their histories, place-making and accessibility. She’s fueled by bread-making and bread-sharing, the water, and too much coffee.

Connel Bradwell is a wildlife conservationist and educator, based on Vancouver Island. He currently works as the Vancouver Island Program Director for Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society and is the host of ‘Hello Spring’ on CBC. He has also produced and hosted content on BBC Earth and Love Nature. Connel’s conservation work includes research on orcas, porpoises and migratory birds.  He has also been featured as an LGBTQ role model in science and co-founded Youth for Wildlife Conservation, an international network for young conservationists.

Sophia Yang is the Founder & Executive Director of Threading Change, a youth-led ethical fashion organization working at the intersections of climate, gender, and racial justice in alignment with the necessary transition to a circular economy. As a dedicated climate justice changemaker, Sophia has worked for over a dozen environmental organizations ranging from federal government agencies (Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada), NGOs (Nature Conservancy of Canada, SPEC, Parkbus, CityHive), industry (CNRL), and academia (UBC, SFU). Sophia is the recipient of the Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists award in 2017 and 2018, has attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24 & 25) twice as a British Columbian Youth Delegate with BCCIC, and DJs as ‘THIS IS: KALEIDO’ in her spare time. Threading Change was born because Sophia wanted to help raise young people’s voice in one of our world’s most polluting industries—the fashion industry. Doing so for our planet, and people. 


February 23
12:00 pm