shakti ramkumar

Climate Change and Food Systems Researcher

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Shakti’s work focuses on the links between global food systems, energy and land use, and climate change. She currently leads an Ecological Footprint-based research and youth engagement project as part of the inaugural Canada-wide Climate Action Cohort, with Students on Ice and Youth Climate Lab. She will be bringing this work to COP 25 in Chile this December.

At UBC, Shakti served as the Director of Common Energy, UBC’s largest student sustainability organization, where she worked with other student organizations to successfully lobby the university to include climate action and climate justice in its long-term Strategic Plan. She is currently working to implement a Food Choice and Climate Change strategy at UBC. With a team of student advocates, Shakti helped to found the UBC Climate Hub, a new university-wide initiative to connect and empower university stakeholders to demonstrate bold climate action.

Previously, Shakti has designed and taught a course on energy, climate science and sustainability for middle school students in her hometown in rural India, leading her to advocate for global climate justice and equity in her work. Shakti has also conducted research on sustainable food strategies for the City of Surrey, and for the Decolonizing Water research initiative at UBC, focusing on the environmental and social impacts of energy development projects like the Site C Dam in British Columbia.

Shakti is based in Vancouver, Canada, where she works as Student Energy’s Communications Coordinator to empower and connect Student Energy’s network to take action on energy.