Canada announces World Environment Day youth ambassadors

News Release

May 15, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Environment and Climate Change Canada

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, announced today six youth ambassadors who will champion and support the participation of young people in World Environment Day celebrations.

Canadian youth play a vital role in the protection and conservation of the environment.

As the host of World Environment Day 2017, Canada aims to inspire all Canadians and people around the world to connect to nature, to appreciate its natural beauty and importance, and to protect the earth we share.

Canada’s World Environment Day youth ambassadors are 

  • Meredith Adler
  • Thomas McAuley-Biasi
  • Maatalii Okalik
  • Neha Rahman
  • Dominique Souris
  • Élyse Tremblay-Longchamps

These youth ambassadors will help to connect youth across the country and empower them to show their pride in Canada’s environment. Youth ambassadors will also work to encourage young Canadians to organize and participate in events that unite young Canadians in support of the environment.


“I invite all young people in Canada to join our youth ambassadors in celebrating World Environment Day. Get out there and enjoy our great outdoors, participate in conservation activities in your community, and take the time to learn about the importance of healthy ecosystems and what you can do to help protect our environment.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts

  • Since 1987, World Environment Day has been hosted by a different country where the official global celebrations take place.

  • Canada will host World Environment Day, on June 5, 2017.

  • The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, “Connecting People to Nature,” provides an opportunity for individuals across Canada and around the world to discover their natural environment and to appreciate the benefits of healthy ecosystems.

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Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)

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