2011 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award Winner – Laure Waridel
At the request of Alternatives Journal, I had the privilege of speaking recently with Laure Waridel who is this year’s winner of the Earth Day Canada Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award.
Laure Waridel was one of MacLean’s magazine’s 25 young Canadians who are already changing our world. After attending the Earth Summit in Brazil in 1992, Waridel helped found Equiterre, a Quebec non-profit organization with a mission to build a grassroots movement that promotes individual and collective choices that are sustainable and socially responsible. She is an inspiring social entrepreneur, activist, writer, environmentalist, and radio and TV commentator.
Her books to date include ‘Coffee with Pleasure: Just Java and World Trade‘, ‘Achetez c’est voter‘ and ‘L’envers de l’assiette‘. In 2008, Equiterre introduced the Laure Waridel Bursary for students committed to pursuing and disseminating research on environmental and social action. This year the bursary is worth $9000. It recognizes Waridel’s outstanding contribution to advancing and disseminating research on the environmental and social issues promoted by Equiterre with a view towards sustainable development.
Laure hold a degree in sociology and international development from McGill University and a Masters degree in law and environmental studies from the University of Victoria. She is currently doing a PhD at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
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