If you had a free day to spend any way you wanted to, what would you do?

Travel to the Canadian North and see how climate change is directly affecting us humans, animals, and the environment. And if I'm fortunate enough, I hope to watch and capture just some of the aurora borealis' beauty.

Which Sustainable Development Goal are you the most passionate about and why?

#16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Even though we are in the 21st century, there are still many issues that divide us. I am fortunate enough to live in a country that has #16 and its values, but there are many countries that are consumed by conflict and violence- and many times it is because of misunderstanding and ignorance. Respecting others and our differences- no matter how big or small- will help us move forward.

Name

Chantal Peng

Hometown

Wolfville, Nova Scotia

What inspires you to ACT for Global Change in your community?

I've been lucky enough to live in a community that has always nurtured multiculturalism and diversity. What inspires me to ACT for Global Change is for me to give back not only my community locally, but globally as well: through food, entertainment, sports- the possibilities are endless.

What’s the best part of being a youth ambassador for ACT 4 Global Change?

There's a lot! I got to meet three great leaders; knowing that I have a wonderful, supportive team that will help me in my endeavors; a chance to improve my leadership skills and using them to take action.

What is your favorite quote and why?

This statement has always resounded with me: "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me." —Martin Niemöller

This statement is very provocative, making you think. It shows the consequences of apathy, and makes me feel obligated to take action.

 

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