I was never the kid that wanted to go outside and explore; I was more of a quiet, bookworm type of person. But now I have such an intimate relationship with nature and the environment, mostly due to living in Saskatchewan for the last decade. This province has fuelled my love for the outdoors but also my frustration with climate change inaction. I hold degrees in Health Studies and Psychology and have recently completed a master's in Sustainable Environmental Management. Currently, I'm excited to have joined the climate reality network as the climate lead mentor for Saskatchewan.
Why did you join the climate movement/what pushed you to become interested in climate change issues?
I took a few food science classes when I was completing my bachelor degrees where I first started becoming concerned about food security issues. This developed my interest in the agriculture sector, and although I never pursued education in this field I decided to do a certificate in sustainability. That was the year I learned some of the science and basic background of climate change and environmental issues. But it wasn't until my masters that I became an advocate for the environment, engaging in different forms of activism and public education.
What is one achievement you are proud of?
Something I have always wanted to do is start my own blog where I can share different information relating to environmental and social justice issues in a fun but educational way. I'm happy to say I created an Instagram account dedicated to this! Not only do I research my own information, but I also design my own content. Feel free to check it out. (@sustainably_kellie)
What do you think is the most effective way for people to take climate action?
Climate action needs everyone! We all have different skills and talents and the most effective way to bring about climate action is for everyone to bring these to the table. This could be done at work, school, and/or personal life; the most important thing is to start somewhere.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I hiked the world's second-largest monolith (Sibebe Rock) in Eswatini. It was quite steep, sometimes hiking at almost a 90-degree angle but because it's a granite mountain it allows for more grip! However, that was the day I truly understood the phrase, "blood, sweat & tears."