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All the motivation in the world

In 2002, at the age of 15, Alysia Garmulewicz had a life-changing experience: she joined a student expedition to Antarctica to learn about global warming. “Seeing that profoundly beautiful and fragile environment being affected by climate change motivated me to take action,” she says.

That new-found consciousness inspired Garmulewicz to organize a climate-change conference for Canadian youth in 2005. Supported by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and her family, she raised more than $120,000 for the gathering and attracted attention from environmental bigwigs such as Elizabeth May and David Suzuki’s daughter, Severn.

Now 21 and finishing her undergraduate degree in climate change and sustainability at Carleton University in Ottawa, Garmulewicz knows her next stop: a master’s in geography and the environment at the University of Oxford in England as the recipient of a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

Not one to limit her horizons, Garmulewicz is also the founder of the Changing Climates Educational Society, a not-for-profit group involved in projects such as the organization of the World Changing Careers symposium to be held in Vancouver this July.

“Developing career paths that work toward a sustainable future,” Garmulewicz says, “is one of the most powerful tools we have to change society for the better.”

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— Margo McCaffrey

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