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Imran Amanullah,

Regional Organizer for York & Durham

Saturday Spotlight Series

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I have my background in political science and environmental studies, therefore I try to reflect the syncretic nature of both disciplines. As a child, I had always wanted to be in a position where I can help others through my profession. Through educating myself, I came upon the conclusion that working on & for the environment, I will be in a position where I can indiscriminately help as many people as I can.

Why did you join the climate movement/what pushed you to become interested in climate change issues?

"... We must become more cohesive in our actions to bring a useful conclusion to help mitigate the threat of sinking islands and prevent the potential genocide of Oceanic peoples and cultures" - Peter Christian (2015). With the little that I can do, I will most certainly not be a bystander, let alone complicit, in any genocide.

What is one achievement you are proud of?

Creating a panel on the rise of climate refugees, seen through predicted events that will take in place in the foreseeable, if we continue our thoughtless consumption. In collaboration with a couple other organizations, I was able to produce a live exhibit panel that I presented.

What are some climate change initiatives you are currently taking part in?

I'm currently working on a social enterprise that would empower marginalized communities by alleviating food deserts and remedying the exponential footprint that the agriculture industry is notoriously known for.

What do you think is the most effective way for people to take climate action?

Move away from unsustainable economic models that are not good for the planet's ecological balance.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I share the same birthday with Leonardo da Vinci, Emma Stone, and Seth Rogen.

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