GreenPAC chatted with Michael Chong about his connection to nature, and why he thinks it’s important to be an environmental leader.
When did you first discover your connection with the natural environment?
There were two moments where I really felt the importance of preserving and conserving our natural environment.
I grew up and still live in a rural farming community an hour and a half northwest of Toronto in Wellington County, in a landscape dominated by farms. My mother was Dutch and we spent time in the Netherlands as a child. I saw how well they used their limited farmland, compared to Canada, where much of our farmland and wild spaces were being eaten up by urban sprawl. It helped me realize the importance of farmland protection. I saw the way we were paving over farmland in southern ontario, and I realized we could approach this challenge differently.