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How I Celebrated My Earth Day!

by Harnoor — Stewarttown Middle School, Georgetown, ON

Picking up bottles and cans found next to the road.
Picking up bottles and cans found next to the road.

May 2011 — My Earth Day celebrations started at the beginning of the year in January, 2011. I pledged to myself that I would make every single effort to reduce waste, recycle, use things made from recycled products and carpool more often. I started at home, and then tried to implement this teaching away from home as well. During my recent trip to India, I noticed so much garbage around villages that it impacted the life of everyone living there. I tried to convince people to keep their garbage in a designated place, not just scattered everywhere. I wanted to do so much for the environment, and to raise awareness. Due to shortage of time, I could only do so much. However, I raised environmental awareness among youth whenever I got the opportunity.

The busiest month of my life was in April to support the Earth Day month. I prepared two artistic posters as part of the Ecokids challenge - the ‘Transportation-a-Thon project’. I circulated these posters around the community to encourage others to participate. I walked whenever possible, or carpooled to reduce car emissions. I wore my “Earth Day Canada” t-shirt to encourage myself and to let others know about this earth day month. I volunteered in town for the community clean up, doing my part during my free time on the Easter weekend. I couldn’t stop myself from picking up the bottles, pop cans, and paper cups thrown into the ditches. It looked so much better after the many volunteers had done their part.

Recently, I had an opportunity to attend the ‘Land Blessing Ceremony’ where I also volunteered. It was a mind blowing life experience. We ‘blessed’ the park area by hearing the ancient teachings that were passed down generation after generation by the Native People. We were guided through this procedure by Anthony Barr. Through this, we learned how we should learn from each other and how each and every one of us should respect not only others, but also, the land. With the blessing procedure, we sang and drummed along many songs with wise words that taught us wonderful teachings on how to go on with life. My favourite song that we drummed along was the “Humble” song which taught me to always be humble and respect others. This Land Blessing Ceremony taught me how to look at life from a different perspective.

I also helped to coordinate the ‘Spring Fling’ adventure. It was a lot of fun helping the kids to make paper pots, kites and play with jacks. The kites were a lot of fun, and easy to make. They were made out of fabric, straws, string and recycled paper. Fabric and straws were used to make the body of the kite stay stable. Straws and string were used to make it firm and in place. Recycled paper was used for the tails to make the kite fly better. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, we were unable to fly our kites. It started raining heavily, but that didn’t stop us from doing any of the other activities. Later that afternoon we started to make paper pots. I helped the kids with rolling the paper in place of a pot, putting the soil inside, and finally picking the seeds to plant in their little pots. I also made my very own little paper pot where I planted five sunflower seeds. I hope they grow into bright yellow sunflowers over the summer months. Overall, I loved the Spring Fling event and I hope to contribute to it again next year. Hopefully, the event will have better weather next year.

Read my next article on “How To Be Green Wise!”

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Awesome :)

Dhillon, ON
Posted at May 05 2011 at 12:27 PM EST

Best of Luck ,Harnoor....Keep it up!!

Posted at May 06 2011 at 6:04 AM EST

Well done Harnoor. You are an inspiration to others...keep up the good work.

Clara, ON
Posted at May 10 2011 at 12:41 PM EST

Wow. I'm impressed.

Posted at May 16 2011 at 6:00 AM EST

Wonderful! Congratulations!

Doina, BC
Posted at May 30 2011 at 5:46 AM EST

congratulations! Excellent work Harnoor keep it up.

Parminder, ON
Posted at May 31 2011 at 6:38 AM EST

nice work Harnoor keep going!!!!!!

Posted at June 07 2011 at 5:34 AM EST

I'm impressed to see you do all that work Harnoor. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!

Posted at June 13 2011 at 5:24 AM EST

wow keep on going. 3t will like to do it.

Posted at June 13 2011 at 5:25 AM EST

wow that is a great idea.your inspiring people.I have to admit that your taking action for our planet.

Posted at June 13 2011 at 5:25 AM EST

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