Canada

100 Water Heroes: Eric Meliton

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Project Manager at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Eric Meliton is Project Manager of the water stewardship team at Partners in Project Green, a Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) initiative. The Partners in Project Green programme “delivers initiatives that helps businesses reduce resource use and costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost effective manner.” Under Eric’s leadership, Partners in Project Green assist businesses and local governments in forging collaborative industry partnerships that facilitate the implementation of sustainable water initiatives.

Eric is also a Lecturer of Advanced Sustainability Management at the University of Mississauga, where he takes charge of teaching the water module. This module provides students with an overview of the water and wastewater industries in North America.

Prior to his water and environment-focused career, Eric obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Environmental Science from Western University.

Eric is one of our #100WaterHeroes for encouraging and facilitating Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable initiatives in businesses and local governments throughout Canada.

Twitter: @EricMeliton

Linkedin:linkedin.com/in/ericmeliton

100 Water Heroes: Autumn Peltier

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Environmental Advocate

Autumn Peltier is a 13-year-old Eagle Clan Anishnaabekwe from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory in Northern Ontario. Autumn has been fiercely advocating for water conservation since she was just 8-years-old and has become a renowned environmental activist throughout the world.

Her beginning in water advocacy was inspired by her aunt, Josephine Mandamin, who raised awareness surrounding water conservation and indigenous water rights by walking the shores of the five Great Lakes. Autumn began her water journey by speaking at community events about the absolute necessity of conserving Canada’s water.

In 2015, Autumn attended the Children's Climate Conference in Sweden, and in 2017 became the only Canadian nominated for the Children's International Peace Prize. One of Autumn’s most publicised encounters occurred in 2016, where she met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Assembly of First Nations' annual winter meeting, and told him about her grave concerns surrounding Canada’s water situation.

Autumn was also recently invited to speak at the launch of the UN's International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development, where she acted as the ‘representative of civil society.’’

Autumn is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her fierce water advocacy efforts and her focus on ensuring safe drinking water for Indigenous communities in Canada.

Anishinabek Nation Twitter: @AnishNation

100 Water Heroes: Stephen Leahy

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Environmental Journalist and Author

Stephen Leahy is a celebrated environmental journalist and author with over 20 years experience covering global environmental issues. His book, Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts Behind Our Thirst for Earth’s Most Precious Resource, was named Canada's Best Science Book of 2014, “for it’s clarity, relevance and powerful infographics.”

From 2009-2015, Stephen worked as a Senior Science and Environment Correspondent at Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world’s biggest non-profit news agency. In addition to his work with IPS, Stephen has written articles for numerous prominent publications throughout the world, such as National Geographic News, The Guardian (UK), Vice, New Scientist and dozens more.

Stephen’s extensive list of achievements also includes being co-founder of the award-winning Climate News Mosaic, an alliance of international journalists reporting on climate change. In 2012, he was the co-winner of the prestigious United Nations Global Media Prize for outstanding coverage of climate change and other environmental issues.

Stephen is one of our #100WaterHeroes for dedicating his career to spotlighting international environmental issues, and for using his platform to raise awareness of the invisible water in everything we consume.

Twitter: @StephenLeahy

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/stephenleahy

Website: https://stephenleahy.net/