Andrew Wong is from Burlington, Ontario and is currently studying a double major in Geography & Environmental Management with Biology and Environmental Economics at the University of Waterloo.
Andrew is a passionate defender of the environment and wants to improve the future for the planet and its people. In 2007, Andrew founded the Nelson Greenhouse Horticulture Society, a high school program that educates students about horticulture and immerses them in greenhouse management operations. Andrew has also worked with Earth Day Canada on corporate conservation practices, volunteered with the BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association on species restoration, and was Vice-Chair of TEDxUWO featuring notable speakers such as Wade Davis and Ray Zahab.
Andrew went on an expedition to the Canadian Arctic in 2010 and subsequently founded and led the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.
Andrew is honoured to be the recipient of the 2010 Toyota Earth Day National Award, the 2011 ECO Canada Award, and the 2011 Canada’s Next Green Journalist by Environmental Defence.
In his spare time, he enjoys getting outdoors for nature photography and enjoys playing the piano, painting wildlife, and tries to inspire others to care about the environment.
The future sustainability of the polar regions and the planet.
I believe we each have the urgency deep within to protect the planet, and we can each make an unbelievable difference if we act on that urgency.
In 2012, at the age of 19, I led a 14-person youth delegation to the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and urgency is what drove us past every obstacle and every unknown to ultimately make it to Rio.
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