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Marina Melanidis - Climate Activist and Change-Maker



Marina Melanidis is a Greek-British-Canadian settler on the unceded, unsurrendered territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (currently known as Vancouver, BC).


Marina is a climate-actor, youth-engager, and change-maker from Richmond B.C., the Co-Director of Climate Guides and the Project Lead of Youth4Nature.

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Outside of advocating for youth, Marina is interested in how to pursue biodiversity conservation in the wake of climate change. She has worked on conservation and climate change at home with the provincial and federal government, abroad as a research exchange fellow in India, and with the United Nations as an intern with the UN Environment Programme.


She is currently pursuing an MSc, with a research focus on how the idea and practice of 'nature-based solutions' is shaping and re-shaping aspects of conservation governance.


Marina holds a B.Sc. in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of British Columbia. Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar, a Students on Ice alumnus, and has recently been named as one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders and Top 25 under 25 Environmentalists.


She loves 70’s rock, good vegan food, and the BC coast, and is (attempting) to learn modern Greek.

Story by Cécile Girardin

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