Maggie Chang, an undergraduate student in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability has been recognized as one of Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25. Also recognized are Environment alumnus Beth Eden and Climate Students member Manvi Bhalla. The list represents young people making deep impacts across the country, showing all of us how no matter the circumstances, we can mobilize and create a just recovery that is equitable for both people and the planet.
Chang is a poet, writer, and artist whose environmental journey started in first grade when she learned about deforestation of the Amazon in school. Since then, Chang led University of Waterloo second hand clothing sales for sustainable fashion, organized a UN Sustainable Development Goal training, and helped establish EcoSchools Canada’s first ever Youth Advisory Council, leading her to be named one of the first WWF Canada Living Planet Leaders.
Having grown up in Toronto, Chang recognizes the traditional territory she resides on. In her case she lives on the traditional territory of the Mississaguas of the Credit, the Anishnaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat People.
Currently completing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Chang is passionate to be living her values to build an intersectional environmental movement. In 2018, she published her poem “Do Not Be Complacent” to call academia to environmental action. She is particularly honoured to have had the opportunity to practice international solidarity working with Fairtrade Organic Café Femenino Coffee communities in Peru during the summer of 2019.
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