Tessa is a student in Grade 10 at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria.
Numerous documentaries, workshops and presentations have helped Tessa realize the importance and serious implications of climate change.
Her mother, born in rural Tibet, instilled Tessa’s connection with the natural environment from an early age. During Tessa’s two visits to this region, she witnessed first-hand how closely the lives of people in rural communities are interlinked with the health of the surrounding ecosystems. She also spent a summer vacation living with orphaned Tibetan refugees in Dharmsala, India.
This past summer, Tessa had the rare opportunity to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She travelled there as a media team member of We Canada—an organization that gathered input related to happiness in the context of sustainability from people across Canada.
We Canada travelled to Rio with the goal of influencing policy decisions for Canada and on the international stage. She came away from the conference understanding that the solutions to critical issues like climate change, ocean acidification, and deforestation cannot be achieved by governments alone. They require the energy, motivation, creativity and inspiration of everyone. She is working to do her part.
Recently, Tessa was a member of the core planning team for the Creatively United for the Planet Festival. As part of an evening event at the festival, Tessa was one of eight speakers who presented at a TED-style panel, which included Dr. Andrew Weaver and Kate Moran, the latter of whom was once an advisor to the Obama administration on the topic of ocean policy.
At the festival, Tessa co-facilitated a youth political forum, which featured candidates in the BC election. As part of a separate endeavor, Tessa has been selected as one of 70 youth to travel on a Students on Ice expedition to Antarctica.