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Safi Khan grew up in Calgary municipal housing in the mid-90s, though he denies having ever supported the Calgary Flames. Him and his family have called Edmonton home since the early 2000s, having lived in both the inner-city and Strathcona neighbourhoods. Safi holds an honors bachelor degree in Global Development.

While he is a lifelong Green Party voter, the urgency of the current climate reality hit Safi on a personal level when he found himself researching different grades of respirator filters because of forest fire smoke. Safi believes that Albertans should see climate change and severe weather events as key issues in the 2019 federal election cycle because seven of the ten costliest natural disasters in Canadian history have taken place in our province. Not only does climate action make sense for the long-term success and safety of our kids, it makes fiscal sense for our province now.

Beyond smart climate policies, Safi is also a proponent for electoral reform and youth voter enfranchisement. Safi has experience as a community organizer, and in 2016 and 2017, coinciding with Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, Safi organized two conferences in rural Alberta that highlighted the voices of Aboriginal Canadians during the celebrations. These conferences created a space for residential school survivors and water protectors to share their stories with Albertan farmers and oil workers. Safi founded Edmontonians for Change in 2018, and is currently continuing the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Edmonton.