“We cannot truly talk about sustainability without bringing justice into the conversation, so use your voice to advocate for those who are deprived of their rights due to climate emergencies.”

Marium Sheikh

2024 Top 30 Under 30


AGE: 23


HOMETOWN: Montréal, QC



  • Global Shapers Edmonton Hub
  • Centre For Race and Culture
  • National Model United Nations
  • MacEwan United Nations Club


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

I have been actively taking part in sustainability, equality, and justice-related projects. Growing up in a Pakistani-immigrant household, I spent most of my time with my grandmother who would always encourage me to advocate for justice, on both a social and a personal level. The advocacy-oriented environment piqued my interests in social change and activism, and her experiences and dedication helped deepen my understanding of social complexities that are important to address in order to push meaningful change in society. Her legacy evoked a sense of responsibility and commitment that continues to inspire me to take action for important causes.

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

I see climate change as an interconnected problem that is not only affecting the planet itself but also creating barriers for many marginalized communities in terms of accessing basic necessities.

As an anthropology major working in the diversity, equity, and inclusivity sector, I always look at my work from a socio-cultural lens. This approach has helped me see how climate change has played a major role in most social, economic, and environmental concerns and why injustice continues to prevail in communities around the world if we do not see it as an interconnected problem.

What advice do you have for other young people looking to get involved in sustainable development?
  • Sustainable development is an ongoing process; hence, it is essential to be open to new ideas, conversations, and discussions about sustainability that can help us reach our goals faster. Similarly, your voice is more powerful than you think, and it is important to use it for causes you wish to advocate for. No matter how small your efforts may seem, they always have the ability to make change on a local, national, or global level. Most importantly, believe in your ability to make change!

Marium at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Marium in New York for the 2023 National Model United Nations (MUN) conference as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees delegate. Her resolution paper regarding protecting refugees and internally displaced persons from human trafficking was later sent to the UN Body for consideration as part of the MUN Refugee Challenge.

Marium speaking at the 2023 Alberta Intercollegiate Model United Nations Conference at the University of Calgary.

Marium with her Global Shapers team at the YWCA Edmonton where they hosted a clothing swap as part of their sustainable fashion project.

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