Matthew Carroll is an environmentalist, scientist, and campaign strategist, currently living in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. He has a masters degree in atmospheric chemistry from University of Leeds and University of Toronto, and over eight years’ experience educating, facilitating, and engaging youth in local, regional, national and international decision making. Matthew firmly believes that climate change is the defining social justice issue of this generation, and that young people have a pivotal leadership role to play in building a just transition to a zero-carbon future.
Matthew got his start representing UK progressive youth organisation The Woodcraft Folk at the United Nations Earth Summit in Johannesburg in 2002. Since then he has worked tirelessly to advocate for youth engagement at all levels, merging his passion for climate action with his belief in the power of youth to make a difference. He has worked as youth engagement coordinator at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 9th Conference of Parties in Milan, 2003; communications and lobbying lead for the international youth delegation at COP 11 in Montreal, 2005; and for five years at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York. From 2005-2007 he was honoured to serve as the international coordinator for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development’s Youth Caucus during the cycle on Climate Change, Energy, Air Pollution and Industrial Development.
Matthew has worked for and volunteered with Leadnow.ca, the British Columbia Provincial Government (Ministry of Environment), Sierra Youth Coalition, Youth Environment Network, Rising Tide, Climate Outreach Information Network, C-Change, University of Guelph, University of British Columbia, Free The Children, and the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition among others, and has served as a trustee for Woodcraft Folk and a council member for Energy Action Coalition. In 2005 he co-founded itsgettinghotinhere.org, Dispatches from the Global Youth Climate Movement, and has received the Crest Gold Award for science and technology research, the Millennium Volunteers award of excellence, and a Dr Bessie F. Lawrence ISSI Scholarship. In his spare time Matthew loves rock climbing, ski-mountaineering, singing, and eating cherries straight from the tree with no hands at his wife‘s 7th-generation fruit farm.