Alison Chan is a dedicated Ecojustice supporter, volunteer and donor. She grew up active in outdoor activities and practicing the 4Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover for pragmatic reasons. She became a staunch environmentalist after taking a History of the Environment course at UBC that changed her outlook on life. After graduation, Alison wanted to get involved in Ecojustice because she was inspired by the work our scientists and lawyers do.
For Alison, climate change and environmental justice are two of the most important environmental issues because their consequences affect everything from lakes and oceans to our food supply. She likes that Ecojustice works on a myriad of local and national issues, and recognizes the ways environmental issues connect to one another.
When asked why young people should care about Ecojustice’s mission, Alison has this to say:
“I support strong policies, regulations and management that factor in long-term social, economic, political, and environmental effects, particularly to those people and creatures who live in the affected communities. It is our responsibility to care for our Earth, to make progress while ensuring a healthy world for future generations. Poor environmental regulations are related to public health issues and poverty. I want to be part of a world where we don’t need to fight for environmental protection, but until we get there, Ecojustice is one of the avenues we have.”