Andrew Wong, SOI Alumnus (Arctic ’10) and Founder of the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation to Rio+20 hopes to speak to world leaders at the Rio Earth Summit in June.
The ‘Date With History’ contest is an opportunity for young people around the world to inspire their leaders to act boldly and with urgency on key issues impacting the future of the planet.
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Andrew Wong is from Burlington, Ontario and is currently studying Urban Planning and Environmental Economics at the University of Waterloo. Andrew is a passionate defender of the environment and wants to improve the future for the planet and its people. In 2007, Andrew founded the Nelson Greenhouse Horticulture Society, a high school program that educates students about horticulture and immerses them in greenhouse management operations. Andrew has also worked with Earth Day Canada on corporate conservation practices, volunteered with the BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association on species restoration, and was Vice-Chair of TEDxUWO featuring notable speakers such as Wade Davis and Ray Zahab. Andrew is honoured to be the recipient of the 2010 Toyota Earth Day National Award, the 2011 ECO Canada Award, and the 2011 Canada’s Next Green Journalist by Environmental Defence. In his spare time, he enjoys getting outdoors for nature photography and enjoys playing the piano, painting wildlife, and tries to inspire others to care about the environment. Participating in the 2010 Arctic Expedition instilled in Andrew a deeper understanding of the environment and brought a new sense of urgency to protect the polar regions. Andrew founded and is leading the SOI Alumni Delegation because he believes the upcoming Earth Summit is the most significant opportunity to address the very real environmental, economic, and social sustainability issues in the polar regions. He is honoured to be working with very passionate Students on Ice alumni and supporters.