The Green Medium is an Emerald Award-winning, youth-run blog that seeks to innovate how we discuss and inform ourselves on environmental concerns.

This Term's Writer: Monique Roy

Hello friends!

I have returned for my second run as a guest collaborator with the Green Medium! It’s been well over a year since my last entry in March 2016 and let me tell ya, there has been a lot of change. For starters, I have moved to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (madness!!), where I am currently working for an eco store called “Biome” and have been volunteering with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition group (AYCC). I have taken the time this year to do some traveling to connect with myself; understanding where I’m wanting to go in life and, so far, I’ve unearthed a lot about my past and have loved all the crazy adventures I have gotten up to! 

Just a few quick lil’ facts about myself, I was a member of the Alberta Youth Council for the Environment (2014-2015) and worked directly with a group called Grasp, an initiative to engage the unengaged on environmental issues. Grasp was an amazing experience that allowed me to put my interest in filmmaking to the test. To this day, my contributions to these projects have motivated me to remain persistent in addressing climate change and I can only hope that I will be able to inspire those who will be reading my blurbs over the next week to do the same. Past credits include Project Manager for Geomeer’s Helping Hampers, member of HASTe (Harry Ainlay Sustainability Team), Me to We member and We Day Crowd Pumper, sound technician for Edmonton’s Folk Music Festival, several different sports teams, volunteered for political campaigns (Rachel Notley May 2015, Brian Fleck September/October 2015), MS Bike Tour Camrose 2014 and a mild obsession with theatre and podcasts (#ham4ham still gets me through the day as well as my three favourite brothers from MBMBAM). 

I have been a vegetarian for close to 7 years now but mainly follow a 95% plant based diet. I like to see myself as a conscious individual, thinking things through and planning ahead with the actions I make today and the outcomes they’ll have on others (including myself) tomorrow and for years to come. I believe that it’s important for us to expose ourselves to ideas, to share our opinions and constantly develop these opinions based on new information we pick up. The more we know and the more we share, the stronger we can become in our convictions and our actions. 

Thanks a heap to my dear friends Elizabeth and Matt for making what was once Grasp’s final brainstorming session bloom into, what we all know today as The Green Medium (who has now won the Emerald Green Award OMG!). You are both the bee's knees and are endlessly spreading greatness among those you encounter. (also shoutout to Sam and Alex for being legendary).

Go seek discomfort and challenge yourself!

Catch y'all on the flip side, Monique 

 Celebrating the plastic free July movement with Biome, July 2017.    

Celebrating the plastic free July movement with Biome, July 2017. 

 

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