Check Out the EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2019!
NAAEE announced the EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2019, and these inspirational leaders have one thing in common: the ability to treat environmental challenges in their communities as opportunities. This incredible group consists of teachers, conservationists, researchers, and social entrepreneurs that are addressing issues that range from mitigating tensions between humans and wildlife to mobilizing students to take climate action.
The fourth class of EE 30 Under 30 represents 16 countries and was selected from a competitive pool of over 175 nominees. These leaders not only represent a global trend of youth taking action for environmental causes, but were chosen because they harness the power of education to create a more sustainable future. NAAEE will provide this class with professional development and networking opportunities that include a growing community of 120 fellow leaders, opportunities to speak and present at our 2019 conference, and access to webinars and other resources.
EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2019:
|Adam Young, 29, Canada||Ajay Mittal, 29, India|
|Alerick Pacay, 27, Guatemala||Alex Goetz, 27, United States|
|Ananda Winny Mezha Puteri, 20, Indonesia||Anna Tari, 30, Spain|
|Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne, 28, Sri Lanka||Beatriz Cañas, 30, United States|
|Charles Mugarura, 28, Uganda||Corrie Grosse, 29, United States|
|Dyson Chee, 17, United States||Eduarda Zoghbi, 26, Brazil|
|Emmanuel Ken Ekwerem, 26, Nigeria||Erinn Drage, 24, Canada|
|Jasveen Brar, 24, Canada||Kim Alvin C. De Lara, 28, Philippines|
|Kimi Waite, 30, United States||Lyndsey Franklin, 23, United States|
|Mariam Kabamba Merry, 30, Democratic Republic of Congo||Nicole Andreou, 28, Denmark|
|Niria Alicia Garcia, 27, United States||Pangaea Finn, 14, United States|
|Quek Yew Aun, 27, Malaysia||Raquel Ruth Condori Mamani, 29, Peru|
|Rumbidzai Pamela Magwiro, 26, Zimbabwe||Sara Alamo, 28, Argentina|
|Sean Russell, 27, United States||Stephanie Quon, 18, Canada|
|Vermon D. Timbas, 30, Philippines||Veronica Lin, 25, United States|
All of the winners creatively implement environmental education to find sustainable solutions. Mariam Kabamba Merry, for example, is the National Coordinator of Congo Environnement et Nature in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She leads a project educating students about pollution prevention while planting trees in their schoolyards. Her organization is on track to reach their goal of planting 2,000 trees at 200 schools while working to train women to use biodegradable waste as a fertilizer in urban agriculture.
The Class of 2019 has a wide range of backgrounds and skillsets, with some even working to promote effective practice in environmental education. One of the winners, Adam Young, has a history in classroom teaching and worked his way to become the Chair of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education. He was nominated for his ability to create effective and large networks while inspiring educators to put "policy into practice" by showing the positive impact environmental education research can have in the classroom.
Of course, the success of all leaders depends on their ability to inspire their community. In the region of Madre de Dios in Peru, the "Biodiversity Capital of Peru," Raquel Ruth Condori Mamani addresses challenges that include mercury contamination, habitat destruction, and human and wildlife trafficking. She doesn't do this through lectures in the classroom. Instead, she immerses students in a full-day, interactive environmental education experience that inspires them to value sustainability through the opportunity to feel, touch, and appreciate nature.
“We are honored to recognize and empower the next generation of environmental game changers from around the world,” said Judy Braus, Executive Director of NAAEE. EE 30 Under 30 is made possible thanks to the support of the Global Environmental Education Partnership, the U.S. Forest Service, and Wells Fargo.