Luc Drymer Graham '21 (Pre-U '22) : A New Approach to Community Conservation in the Jungles of Borneo

Luc Drymer Graham '21 (Pre-U '22) is a recent graduate of Lower Canada College. Since 2018, he has been working in youth-to-youth education with International Animal Rescue Indonesia to promote orangutan and forest conservation in the remote villages of Kalimantan (Borneo). Through this work, Luc has come to understand how conservation is a multifaceted issue.

In Indonesia’s most remote forest communities, he has worked with teenage students educating them about the importance of conservation and empowering them to make a difference in their communities—communities where the rate of deforestation is cataclysmic and, as a result, certain species are on the verge of extinction.

Understanding the importance of perpetuating this knowledge, many of these students have since taken on roles as youth ambassadors, raising awareness and organizing local youth groups to use their collective voice to further spread their message at the local level. Be it in Kalimantan or at home in Montreal, Luc continues to spread the word about the plight of Indonesia’s forests and its indigenous inhabitants, informing, educating, and motivating anyone who will listen.