Days after Hurricane Dorian left the Bahamas in ruins, Chaz began working with other Bahamians across Nova Scotia to collect aid.
It’s a very helpless feeling, seeing all the devastation and destruction that has happened to people that you know, people you care about.” But feeling helpless didn’t stop Engineering student Chaz Garraway from trying to help. Days after Hurricane Dorian left the Bahamas in ruins, he began working with other Bahamians across Nova Scotia to collect aid. “I had to do something about it. I had to get involved and contribute to the rebuilding,” he says. The effort resulted in over 370 boxes full of supplies that have been sent to help those living among the destruction. The hurricane was the strongest to make landfall in the Bahamas, a significance that’s not lost on Garraway, an ambitious climate activist. “I’m not saying climate change caused the storm, but it definitely made it more severe and more intense.” Garraway plans to contribute to climate solutions by pursuing a master’s degree related to energy efficiency or coastal engineering related to mitigation or adaptation. He’s currently part of the Dalhousie Renewable Energy Society and regularly speaks on environmental issues. Recently, he was on a panel on climate action in the Caribbean, part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Action Zone. “I talked about how Dorian affected the Bahamas and the need to adapt to climate change by using the three pillars of sustainable development: environmental sustainability, social inclusion and economic development. That’s how we can fight for change.”