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10.10.10 to 10.10.11

by Harnoor — Stewarttown Middle School, Georgetown, ON

Harnoor at the P.O.W.E.R. display
Harnoor at the P.O.W.E.R. display

November 2011 — On October 10th, 2010, at 10 a.m., I took a positive step forward on the journey towards biodiversity. I walked as a POWER (Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources) Youth Caucus volunteer for the Halton Hills Trek to bring awareness to climate change on 10/10/10, which is a global day of action on the 10th day, 10th month and on the 10th year of the second millennium. This initiative was organized by the Sustainable Halton Hills and POWER. When I look back from 10/10/10 to 10/10/11, I feel proud of myself of the steps I have taken towards positive changes in biodiversity. Here are some of the actions I have taken:

On May 22, 2011, I spent the day at Georgetown Marketplace Mall celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity. It was a fun and amazing experience. I asked people to sign a petition to support valuable species and biodiversity and also to stop the Quarry from damaging the environment. I handed out baby red pine trees in little environmentally-friendly pouches because they were made out of recycled paper. I also gave children activity books which had 52 actions everyone can do to help the environment. Some of the 52 actions in that booklet included turning your lights off when you are done with them, following the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle, and turning the tap off when it’s not in use.

For those who did not want to sign the petition, I offered them buttons, calendars, and educational brochures that described Canada’s natural forests and biodiversity. I also gave out some youth caucus membership slips for those interested in joining the group and helping the environment.

Teachers were interested in the educational material designed to promote “green actions” in their schools and to discuss these actions with their “green team.” One green action was putting up little signs indicating what does and does not go in the garbage and recycling bin, which would be a tremendous action to boost one’s school’s eco level. Teachers can also have prizes to give away to classes that have the least garbage at the end of the week. These are just some types of green actions that can be done at one’s school. In addition to giving out brochures, I also gave small shrubs in the same pouches as the baby red pine trees to plant at the teachers’ schools. To seed them you would dig about no three centimeters so that the shrubs would be able to easily grow.

For those interested in learning more about environmentalism, here are a few links:

Stay Cool, Stay Green

Do You Wanna Be A Green Bee?

Proud Canadian Harnoor Gill leads by example

How to Be Green Wise!

Local youngster volunteers at Willow Park Ecology Centre

Student enjoys time as jr. environmentalist

Volunteer at Willow Park Ecology Centre

POWER Youth Caucus Members

I volunteer for POWER Halton and Willow Park Ecology Centre. You can volunteer for an environmental organization in your community too! It is very rewarding to know you are making a positive change and supporting the environment. You can also make your community greener by joining local environmental groups and making small changes by taking your time to volunteer at the local conservation parks.

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Congratulations for doing such a great green initiative for your community. I am proud of you!

Alex, NS
Posted at November 03 2011 at 5:27 AM EST

Very well-written article and an awesome project:)

Cheng, AB
Posted at November 03 2011 at 5:27 AM EST

Great project, Harnoor. You are making a difference!!!!!!!!!

Cheema, BC
Posted at November 03 2011 at 5:27 AM EST

Great job Harnoor. You are an inspiration to others to step up to the plate and volunteer!

Jennifer S., ON
Posted at November 03 2011 at 6:58 AM EST

Hey,Harnoor! You Rock!!! Such a great report I ever read from a youth perspective!!!!!!!
Best,
Simon

Anonymous
Posted at November 04 2011 at 5:25 AM EST

Good job!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on being a great EcoKid!!!

Juhi, NT
Posted at November 04 2011 at 5:25 AM EST

he is a eco kid!!! awesome job :) ;)

Anonymous
Posted at April 16 2012 at 7:59 AM EST


I totally agree. If garbage adds, everyone will regret throwing garbage out of windows and such. I want everyone to realize,
GARBAGE IS ADDING UP!!

Taylor, CA
Posted at April 23 2012 at 11:03 AM EST

good job

alexis, BC
Posted at April 30 2012 at 7:52 AM EST

Well said and well written piece, Harnoor!!
I also congratulate for establishing Peace Welcome Club -http://www.youtube.com/user/PeaceWelcomeClub

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Sheila, ON
Posted at May 18 2012 at 8:21 AM EST

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