“As a young person, empowering yourself empowers your community. Begin today, start small, and remember that every action counts.”

Kevin Christopher Vibat

2024 Top 30 Under 30


AGE: 25





  • Office of Sustainability – University of Calgary

  • Calgary Climate Hub


What specific issue(s) are you taking on, and what inspires you to do so?

In my work, I take initiative on climate action and climate justice. Climate action involves ensuring that we make meaningful efforts to provide a healthy environment for future generations and move forward as a society. To achieve this, we must provide accessible information, foster community building, and ensure our voices reach decision-makers who shape our livelihoods, the future for Canadians, and the world. I draw inspiration from communities facing the harsh reality of climate change. Their perseverance in the face of these challenges motivates me to do more.

What does climate change or climate justice mean to you? To your work?

I spent half of my childhood in the Philippines, where I saw firsthand the wide and strong impacts of climate change. Then halfway through my childhood, my family moved to Canada, specifically Alberta, where I noticed how the economy heavily relies on sectors that produce greenhouse gases. This personal journey and the dichotomy of my childhood highlight the direct effects of climate change and why climate justice is so important to me. To me, climate justice is about making sure everyone, especially those most affected, has a say in conversations about climate change—from big global discussions down to our local communities.

In simple terms, climate justice means helping those who need it the most. In my work, we make sure that those who can’t easily speak up about climate change and sustainable development get a chance to have their voices heard.

What advice do you have for other young people looking to get involved in sustainable development?
  • Start small. As the popular quote says, “Rome was not built in a day”. Identify a cause within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that resonates with your passion. Then, gradually learn new knowledge, expand your network, and gain experience related to that specific SDG. Strive to become a leader advocating for sustainable development within your chosen cause. Don’t hesitate to seek assistance when needed– doubting yourself is natural but use it as a prompt to ask for help and move forward. Reflect on your achievements, stay focused on your goal, and remind yourself of the reasons driving your commitment to improving the chosen cause.

Kevin with the former Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna at COP28 in Dubai.

Kevin at the “Stop Playing with the World” rally with the Calgary Climate Hub.

Kevin speaking at the World Petroleum Counter Congress rally at the City of Calgary city hall with more than 20+ non-governmental organizations and 350+ advocates.

Kevin supporting volunteers planting a mini forest at the Calgary Centre for Spiritual Living.

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