Canadian Foodgrains Bank is pleased to announce that senior policy advisor Naomi Johnson has been named one of the 30 Young Impact Leaders to Watch by Future of Good in the Climate & Environment category. Johnson is one of the most influential Canadians working the issue of climate change impacts on global poverty and hunger, and the only Manitoban among the list.
Future of Good recognizes Canada’s brave intrapreneurs who are challenging traditional norms, mindsets and practices and pushing different ways of bringing about positive changes in society. This year, Future of Good named Impact Leaders in five categories: Climate & Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Inclusion, Tech For Good and Youth Engagement.
It is estimated that up to 180 million people are at risk of hunger due to climate change by 2050. Based on many years of research, the Foodgrains Bank has been advocating for Canada to increase its commitment to climate adaptation in developing countries, because we know that’s the priority for people experiencing poverty and hunger. In 2020, when the Canadian government launched a consultation on Canada’s international climate change action, Johnson spoke directly to government and mobilized many other organizations and members of the public to participate. The next year, Canada doubled its commitment to international climate finance from $2.65 billion to $5.3 billion over five years and increased the focus on adaptation.
Johnson says she’s honoured to be acknowledged as one of 30 Canadian changemakers.
“It’s great to be among the many inspiring finalists of Young Impact Leaders and see the importance of climate finance recognized,” she said.
Paul Hagerman, Foodgrains Bank’s director of public policy, is thrilled at Johnson’s accomplishment.
“We’re fortunate to have Naomi working with us at the Foodgrains Bank,” says Hagerman. “This recognition is the result of her enormous creativity and relentless hard work.”