“There’s always something we might have that someone out there is wishing they had. Look around and recognize the small things to be thankful for.”
2024 Top 30 Under 30
What specific issue(s) are you taking on, and what inspires you to do so?
My work involves promoting inclusivity and addressing the challenges faced by vulnerable groups. I am actively working to understand and address the unique challenges faced by individuals with intersecting identities which includes, but is not limited to, considerations of race, gender, socio-economic status, and more. I believe that recognizing and addressing the intersectionality of identities is crucial for creating solutions that are truly inclusive and equitable. My inspiration for this work is driven by my upbringing in a rural community, where I witnessed firsthand a multitude of challenges including barriers to healthcare access, educational opportunities, and essential resources.
What does climate change or climate justice mean to you? To your work?
I believe in fostering resilience within communities by integrating climate justice principles into our initiatives. This includes promoting sustainable practices that reduce environmental impact while ensuring that marginalized groups have the resources and support needed to adapt to changing conditions. Additionally, I advocate for policies that prioritize environmental justice, recognizing that those who contribute least to climate change often bear the greatest burden of its impacts.
Climate change to me is the alteration of our environment. The consequences of climate change are affecting future generations and impacting ecosystems, biodiversity and communities globally. I believe in fostering resilience within communities by integrating climate justice principles within our advocacy efforts. Additionally, within my work, I often look at those who may be impacted by a decision the most although they may have the least contribution to it. Similarly in climate change, policies should prioritize environmental justice, recognizing that those who contribute least to climate change often bear the greatest burden of its impacts.
What advice do you have for other young people looking to get involved in sustainable development?
I would encourage young people to look at areas that align with their passion and skills. Allowing yourself to find something that aligns with your values will make your impact greater and more fulfilling. The other piece of advice I have is to be open minded. Have a willingness to learn from different perspectives and adjust based on feedback, as that will allow you to grow and learn from the experiences of others.
Fajar volunteering with Penny Appeal Canada to raise money to support developing countries’ aim for zero poverty.
Fajar at an Alberta Youth Parliament session as speaker of the house
Fajar was president of the University of Alberta Undergraduate Psychology Association from May 2021to April 2022. She is pictured here with other volunteers on campus.
Fajar at a rally advocating for Palestinian rights.