“I am involved with the We Canada Initiative for the Earth Summit 2012 because I believe that we, as Canadians and global citizens, have a responsibility to foster the deep systemic change needed to achieve sustainability. Through our collective action, Canadians from all walks of life, alongside our global friends, are constructing a better future, in absence of leadership from many who govern us. We have the power to make an equitable, livable, and vibrantly sustainable world a reality, and I believe that as young Canadians begin to take positions of influence – in the political arena, to civil society, and in the private sector, we will rise to the occasion and do future generations proud. That is why I am a part of this movement.”

Naomi has always considered life a grand adventure. With Ride to Rio, she expects to take that philosophy up a few notches. Growing up in the heart of the Great Lakes region, Naomi came to appreciate the value of pristine ecosystems at an early age—especially after seeing, first hand, the impacts of contaminated natural areas. She was barely a teenager when Rio de Janeiro hosted the first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, two decades back.

Most recently, she was the team lead for Whistler2020, the resort municipality’s internationally recognized sustainability plan. Prior to that, she helped shape policy and planning to reduce carbon pollution, and helped accelerate Whistler’s journey toward sustainability through its participation in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Before moving to the mountains Naomi helped forge the University of Victoria’s first sustainability policy and action plan.

Naomi Devine no stranger to United Nations conferences. She was a Canadian Youth Delegate to the UN Convention on Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006, and co-founded Common Energy—an organization working to reduce global warming pollution and improve quality of life.

She has also served as vice-chair of the Environment and Shoreline Advisory Committee for the city of Victoria, British Columbia, and is an appointee to British Columbia’s Climate Action Team.