Emilie Maine

Age: 22
Hometown: Fort McMurray, Alberta
Lives In: Calgary., Alberta
Affiliations:
Fair Trade Calgary, Alberta
Fashion Revolution, Calgary Chapter, Alberta
Engineers Without Borders, University of Calgary Chapter, Alberta


Your daily actions carry an enormous amount of power. As sustainable food advocate Anna Lappe says, “every time you open your wallet, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” Choose what you invest your money and time in ethically, sustainably and consciously.


I have had the privilege to travel extensively and learn about the world in a way that no classroom could ever teach me. This exposure led me to anti-oppression work including feminist and queer activism. I strive to dismantle systems that continue to oppress marginalized groups. Passionate about fair trade and worker rights, my activism work is a way for me to channel my anger towards the injustices in the world into positive impact and change. I do this through volunteering with organizations that advocate for fairer business practices.

Which SDG are you most passionate about and why?

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. We live in a global society that consumes so many resources—from materials to labour—often in an exploitative or unsustainable way. By advocating for sustainable infrastructure, energy efficiency and labour rights, we are taking action towards a better future. As consumers, we have the power to influence how products are produced and used. I believe we should use this power to invest in businesses and projects that care about people and the planet so that the future is not wrought with exploitation, slavery, and environmental degradation.

What lesson can you share about building meaningful partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals?

I always ask people “what issue makes you angry, frustrated, or fired up?” This question helps get to the core of what drives people—their passions—and where to invest their energies. It is the amalgamation of our responses to all of the things that we are individually passionate about that will help change the world. To build a meaningful partnership, we need to leverage our strengths and passions together. We can’t all be knowledgeable about all issues, but we can partner together to achieve social justice.

 


 

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