Two University of Guelph students have been named among the top 25 environmentalists under 25 years of age in Canada by The Starfish, a volunteer-based organization that engages communities in conversations about environmental concerns. Joanna MacDonald and David Lawless were selected as the second and seventh on the list, respectively.

MacDonald, in her final semester of an environmental geography undergraduate degree, was selected for her passion for youth environmental activism and her ability to advocate. Her activism spans from bottled water issues on campus to climate change negotiations at the international level. She intends to pursue a master’s degree focusing on climate change adaptation and youth.

Lawless, a fourth-year undergraduate studying ecology, was recognized for his strong desire to educate the world about environmental issues. On campus, Lawless has been involved with Net Impact, an organization promoting the role of environmental sustainability in business, and the College of Biological Science student council. He plans to work in a developing country after completing a master’s degree in global environmental change.

The Starfish “Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25” program showcases Canada’s emerging environmental leaders. The judging panel of environmental experts developed the list based on dedication to the environment, past experience, passion for making a difference, and creativity of strategies.