Sarah Syed Bio
Sarah is a 17 y/o climate activist, innovator, and poet from Toronto.
After witnessing the detrimental impacts the climate crisis has on communities around the world when she was 9 years old, she has made it her goal to not only advocate for a sustainable future but find tangible, actionable solutions. She has worked on biodegradable plastic made from food scraps to combat single-use plastics.
Her interest in emerging technology led her to work on using common fruit peels like orange and pomegranate peels, to design a biosorbent with polysaccharide aerogel that can remove oil, heavy metals, and organic compounds from water. She continues to work in the nanotech and material science space and is pivoting to enhancing solar energy output plus reducing water wastage in agriculture.
Her projects and activism have been recognized by MP Dan Albas, NDP Critic for Environment and Climate Change Laurel Collins, The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Weather Network, Toronto Star, and Diversity in Action Magazine. She has also been named a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada, Ontario Junior Citizen, National Nature Inspirational Youth, Top 20 Youth globally, and won second place at national and international stages. She speaks at various conferences at the David Suzuki Foundation, University of Toronto, Ontario Tech University, Sobeys, Transforming Education Summit, YOUNGO, and others!