MEET INSPIRING CHANGEMAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO ARE

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NATURE

protecting & restoring nature

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PEOPLE

reducing inequalities and promoting wellbeing

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GOVERNANCE

ensuring decision-making is transparent and inclusive

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RESOURCES

optimizing the use of natural resources

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CITIES

improving cities and urban living

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ECONOMY

promoting responsible business and economy

Mona Tavassoli

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Kenza  (9) from Dubai, UAE and her cousin Feiza (10) from Birmingham in the UK interviewed Mona Tavassoli.


Mona is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is the founder of Mompreneurs Worldwide, an organization that empowers women, especially mothers, to become entrepreneurs and helps them balance their personal and professional lives.


Mona’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to GOAL 5: Gender Equality and GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Maggie Koshal & son Lemara

Kenya

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Kais (12) and his friends from Grade 6 at Kells Academy in Montreal, Canada interviewed Margaret (Maggie) Koshal.


Maggie is a community mobilizer and a strong advocate for girls education. She joined this session with her son Lemara who is 11 years old to talk about the Nashulai, the first community-owned conservancy in the Maasai Mara in Kenya.


The Nashulai Conservancy project is focused on (1) Conserving Wildlife , (2) Preserving Culture and (3) Reversing Poverty and as such it is in alignment with most of the Sustainable Development Goals.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Adrián López Velarde

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

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Kais (12) in Montreal, Canada and Kenza (9) in Dubai, UAE interviewed our guest changemakers Adrián López Velarde.


Adrián is from Mexico. He is the co-founders of Desserto, a company that creates a vegan cactus alternative to leather.


Adrián’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and (13) Climate Action.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Bas Dijkstra

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Kais (12) and Zayd (15) from Montreal, Canada interviewed Bas Dijkstra.  


Bas is from the Netherlands. He is the co-founder of Lazy Vegan, a company that promotes a plant-rich diet by creating delicious vegan ready meals.  


Bas’ work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to Goal #2 Zero Hunger, Goal #3 Good Health and Well-being and (13) Climate Action.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Linda Ketner

South Carolina, USA

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Kais (12) from Montreal, Canada and Jane (15) from Omaha, Nebraska in the United States interviewed Linda Ketner who is based in the United States in South Carolina.


Linda is a philanthropist, a businesswoman, a social activist, and a politician who serves her community in so many roles. She is particularly known for her affordable housing work that she started in the 1990s and that resulted in tens of thousands of people in South Carolina now living in safe housing.


Linda’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

With this interview,

we offset: 

11 ton of CO2

Siri Warren

Oslo, Norway

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Kais (11) and Ali (11) from Montreal, Canada interviewed our guest changemaker Siri Warren who is based in Oslo, Norway.


Siri is an innovation consultant at DoPurpose Design. She uses creativity to help organizations design their business in a way that inspires and excites.


Siri’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially SDG#10 Reduced Inequality, SDG#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG#12 Responsible Consumption and Production

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Soraya Hosni & Adrien Joly

Mediterranean Sea

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///// Special “oboot talk” in collaboration with BMW Foundation /////


Kais who is 11 years old and currently lives in Montreal, QC, Canada and Piero who is 12 years old and currently lives in Paris, France interviewed two Responsible Leaders about their journeys and their links to the Mediterranean:  Soraya Hosni  who is based in Sousse, in Tunisia and is an entrepreneur in the fields of culture and agriculture, and Adrien Joly who is based in Marseille, in France and is the development director of the MUCEM, a museum devoted to the Mediterranean.


Through their work, these two Responsible Leaders contribute to shaping a better future for the Mediterranean and help advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

With this interview,

we offset: 

32 tons of CO2

Lena Slachmuijlder

Maryland, USA

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Kais (11) from Montreal, Canada and Mayillah (9) from Maryland, USA interviewed Lena Slachmuijlder.


Lena is a Senior Vice President at Search for Common Ground. She is a peace builder with a media and arts background. Through her work, she focuses on developing innovative programming to transform the way people deal with conflict.


Lena’s work contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to SDG#16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2e

Nadine Winkler

London, UK

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Kais (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Anis (13) from London, UK interviewed Nadine Winkler.  


Nadine is the owner of DoddleBags, "the ultimate eco-friendly reusable travel pouch". Her innovative product design work contributes positively to healthy eating and to the environment.   


Nadine's work contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to SDG#12 Responsible Consumption and Production and SDG#3 Good Health and Wellbeing.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Ellis Bartholomeus

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Kais (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Arihaan (9) from New Delhi, India interviewed Ellis Bartholomeus.


Ellis lives in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is a game designer and the founder of Ellis in Wonderland. Through her work, she explores the “serious” potential of gaming in education, health and daily social life, not just "fun".   


Ellis’ work contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to SDG#3 Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG#4 Quality Education.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Gautam Shah

Nairobi, Kenya

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Kais (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Nour (13) from Boston, MA, USA interviewed Gautam Shah.


Gautam is the founder of Internet of Elephants, a startup using technology and games to bring wildlife into people's daily lives. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya and believes that by intelligently combining advancing technology with the trends in online entertainment, the wildlife conservation sector can improve the livelihoods of animals and people alike.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Rudayna Abdo

The Hague, Netherlands

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Kais F. (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Tala A. (11) from Toronto, ON, Canada interviewed Rudayna Abdo.


Rudayna lives in The Hague in the Netherlands and is the founder of Thaki, a nonprofit that provides education to refugees through access to second-hand laptops and e-learning.

With this interview,

we offset: 

8 tons of CO2

Leena Al Olaimy

Manama, Bahrain

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Kais (12) and Maia (12) from Montreal, Canada interviewed Leena Al Olaimy who is based in Manama, Bahrain. 


Leena is a sustainability leader who recently founded the Trillion Tree Fund, a social venture that uses Artificial Intelligence to finance mangrove and forest restoration.


Leena’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to Goal 13 Climate Action and Goal 15 Life on Land.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Tom Greenwood

London, UK

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Kais (12) and Philip (12) from Montreal, Canada interviewed Tom Greenwood, the founder of Wholegrain Digital a web design agency based in London in the UK, the creator of websitecarbon.com a tool that calculates the amount of carbon emitted by websites, and the author of a book on Sustainable Web Design.


Tom’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and Goal 13: Climate Action.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 tons of CO2

Christopher Rockwell Bent

Montreal, QC, Canada

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Kais (12) and Ivan (12) from Montreal, Canada interviewed Christopher Rockwell Bent who is also in Montreal.


Christopher is the founder of Piccles, a virtual engagement tool that uses drawings to share feelings.


He launched a new campaign to mark Earth Day whereby “for every tree drawn on Piccles, a real tree will be planted”.


Christopher’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and Goal 13: Climate Action.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Matt Scott

Washington, DC, USA

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As part of Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program, Kais (12) and his friends from Grade 6 and 7 at Kells Academy in Montreal interviewed Matt Scott who is based in Washington DC in the United States. 


Matt is the storytelling and engagement manager at Project Drawdown, the World's Leading Resource for Climate Solutions.  


His work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to GOAL 13: Climate Action.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

eL Seed

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Kais (11) in Montreal, Canada and Aziz (11) in Tunis, Tunisia interviewed 

eL Seed, a world-acclaimed artist who uses Arabic calligraphy and unique style to spread messages of peace and unity. 


eL Seed's artwork can be found all over the world and consistently aim at unifying communities and redressing stereotypes. For more information: www.elseed-art.com


Through his work, eL Seed’s contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to Goal 10: Reduced Inequality and Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Wendl Kornfeld

New York, NY, USA

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Kais (11) from Montreal, Canada and Lizzie (15) from Lake In The Hills, Illinois, USA interviewed Wendl Kornfeld.

 

Wendl is based in New York and is the founder of Community as Family (CAF). Through her work, she helps the elders who are "aging solo" become strong and build a team of support from among friends, neighbors, colleagues, and trusted professionals.


Wendl’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially SDG#3 Good Health and Wellbeing.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Claudia Hinterseer

Hong Kong

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Kais (11) from Montreal, Canada and Jayden (11) from Sydney, Australia interviewed Claudia Hinterseer.


Claudia lives in Hong Kong and is a senior video producer at South China Morning Post. She uses visual journalism to communicate news and to tell stories about people’s passions and social development as they happen.


Claudia’s work covers a wide range of topics and issues and as such contributes to most Sustainable Development Goals.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Michael Stott

Brisbane QLD, Australia

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Kais (11) from Montreal, Canada and Mayillah (9) from Maryland in the United States interviewed Michael Stott.


Michael is based in Brisbane, Australia and is the Director of City Strategy and Place at urban planning firm Urbis. As an urban designer, a placemaker and a strategic planner, he creates liveable places for people.


Michael’s work contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to: SDG#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Zahlen Titcomb

Seattle, WA, USA

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Kais (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Lucy (11) from Seattle, WA, USA interviewed Zahlen Titcomb.  


Zahlen is the co-owner of XII Brands which includes Five Ultimate, Savage Apparel Company, and ARIA Discs, all of which are companies that create premium products for the Ultimate community and beyond. His business is a responsible business that pays special attention to the environment, to its impact on the community, to diversity, and to gender equality.   


Zahlen’s work contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to SDG#12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

With this interview,

we offset: 

10 tons of CO2

Paige Kassalen

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Ramzi B (15) from The Hague in the Netherlands interviewed Paige Kassalen, an Electrical Engineer based in Pittsburgh, PA in the United States.


At age 22, Paige was the youngest crew member of Solar Impulse II, a breakthrough innovation in the field of aviation, a plane that succeeded to circle the Earth in 2015 using solar energy as a fuel.


Paige enjoys problem solving and is particularly passionate about exploring solutions that will shape the future of mobility.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Tara Todras-Whitehill

İstanbul, Turkey

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Kais (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Aicha K. (10) from Tunis, Tunisia interviewed Tara Todrad-Whitehill.


Tara is an American award-winning photojournalist and visual storytelling consultant who lives in Istanbul, Turkey. She is passionate about gender equality and uses visual storytelling to make sure that global game-changers, particularly girls and women, get their stories told. 

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Leila Ben Gacem

Tunis, Tunisia

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Kais F. (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Sarah B.G. (12) from London, England interviewed Leila Ben Gacem.


Leila is the founder of Dar Ben Gacem, a boutique hotel located in the historical medina of Tunis, Tunisia. Leila's work focuses on heritage revival through social entrepreneurship.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Sarah Sachs

New York, NY, USA

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Kais (12) and Amena (12) in Montreal, Canada interviewed Sarah Sachs who is based in New York. 


Sarah is a Principal at Buro Happold, an engineering firm that designs building and city solutions for an ever changing world.


Sarah’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and Goal 13 Climate Action.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Ahmed Zahran

Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

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Kais (12) and and his friends from Grade 6 Class at Kells Academy in Montreal, Canada interviewed Ahmed Zahran who is based in Cairo in Egypt.  


Ahmed is the co-founder and CEO of KarmSolar, a utility company specialized in developing energy solutions for a wide range of communities and industries.  


Ahmed’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to Goal #7 Affordable and Clean Energy.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Daniel Sweeney

Cambridge, MA, USA

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Ali (12) and Rachel (15) from Montreal, Canada interviewed Daniel Sweeney.


Daniel is based in Cambridge, MA in the United States and works as a lead researcher at the MIT D-Lab working on biomass fuel and clean cooking innovation. 


Dan’ work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to Goal #7 Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal #3 Good Health and Well-being and (13) Climate Action.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2e

Wempy Dyokta Koto

Jakarta, Indonesia

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Kais (12) and Ismael (10) from Montreal interviewed Wempy Dyocta Koto.


 Wempy is a prominent business leader from Indonesia who invest and supports entrepreneurs in a number of ways: from being a mentor, to serving as an advisor to entrepreneurship programs, to being a startup competition judge.  


Wempy’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially to GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Abdlehameed Sharara

Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

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Kais (11) in Montreal, Canada and Farhaan (12) in Paris, France interviewed Abdelhameed Sharara who is based in Cairo, Egypt.  


Sharara is the founder and CEO of RiseUp, a platform that connects entrepreneurs to the resources that they need to succeed. Every year, his team organizes RiseUp Summit, the largest entrepreneurship event in the Middle East and North Africa region.  


Sharara’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially SDG#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG#9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.


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With this interview,

we offset: 

1 ton of CO2

Charles Newman

Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Kais (11) from Montreal, Canada, Anis (13) from London, England, and Nora (14) from Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia interviewed Charles Newman.


Charles is based in Brooklyn, New York and is an architectural designer who is dedicated to international development and to improving the lives of those most in need. His projects are often located in parts of the world where resources are limited so he tries to develop low cost and high impact design solutions, together with the communities that he is serving.


Charles’s work links to several Sustainable Development Goals especially SDG#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Sarah El Battouty

Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

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Kais (11) from Montreal, Canada,  Meriem (14) from Bizerta, Tunisia, and Anis (13) from London in the United Kingdom interviewed Sarah El Battouty.


Sarah is an architect and the founder of ECOnsult, an award-winning design company and a leading green building consultancy in Egypt. Sarah and her team are constantly innovating to make buildings more ECO-logical and ECO-nomical.


Sarah’s work contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to: SDG#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Sofana Dahlan

Jeddah Saudi Arabia

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Kais (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Nora (13) from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia interviewed Sofana Dahlan.  


Sofana is one of the first female lawyers and a social entrepreneur who empowers the next generation of creatives and helps them protect their Intellectual Property.


Sofana’s work contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to SDG#5 Gender Equality, SDG#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG#9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and SDG#11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Sreyoshi Bhaduri

New York, NY, USA

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Kais F. (11) from Montreal, Canada, and Bayrem (10) from Boston, MA, USA interviewed Dr. Sreyoshi Bahduri who lives in New York and is the Manager of Global People Research & Analytics at McGraw Hill, a publisher of educational content, with over 50 offices worldwide.  


Sreyoshi uses data science as a tool to navigate the future of work


Her work contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to SDG#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG#5 Gender Equality.

With this interview,

we offset: 

8 tons of CO2

Vithika Yadav

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Kais (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Arihaan (9) from New Delhi, India interviewed Vitika Yadav.  


Vitika is the co-founder of Development Consortium, an organization dedicated to working with children, women and vulnerable communities to overcome poverty, inequality, abuse and injustice. Vitikia is also an anti-slavery and gender rights activist who uses content creation and advocacy to create more equality in the world.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2

Yigit Yigiter

New York, NY, USA

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Kais F. (11) from Montreal, QC, Canada and Arel Y. (11) from New York, NY, USA interviewed Yigit Yigiter.


Yigit is the founder of Timelooper a startup that creates immersive educational content such as digital tours of historical sites, museums, and national parks using Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality.

With this interview,

we offset: 

3 tons of CO2