The theme of this year’s earth day is “It’s Our Turn to Lead.” And the kids who’ve been participating in our Beyond Recycling program have taken this to heart.
Since the fall, they’ve been on a journey to discover the impact of their lifestyles—product choices, energy, waste and consumption—and what effects their everyday actions have on the planet.
Jaquelyn, a Gr. 7 student said, “I totally feel that this program has made me look at waste a different way. I realize now what can happen to our earth if we don’t take care of it.”
For Earth Day, these inspiring students have planned various activities to celebrate all they’ve learned—Trash to Treasure recycled art projects, local food potlucks, flowers planted and posters placed around town challenging communities to reduce their ecological footprint.
The sustainability issues we face today can be overwhelming. But these students have learned that change is possible; it begins with small everyday actions.
Denovah, a student and participant said, “I think the best part of the program is how we make a difference. If we try, we can change the world. We have ideas to change.”
Take Back the Wild
This summer, Wildsight is partnering with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) to build the capacity of 25 youth from the Kootenays. Take Back the Wild will provide free, comprehensive training for young people under 30 to become conservation leaders on local environmental issues that matter to them.
Action Alert: Stand Up for Balance in the Elk Valley
The Elk Valley has long been known for it’s world class wildlife, clean water and vibrant fish populations. In more recent history, it has also become well known for its vast metallurgical coal resources—the five currently operating open pit coal mines are the second largest single source of metallurgical coal exports in the world.
Presently, there are proposals to expand four existing mines, open three new coal mines, with another four mine proposals on the horizon. Find out more about the proposals here. On top of all of this, there are also proposals for several new rock quarries and a large-scale increase in the rate of logging by Jemi Fibre on private lands.
In 1996, the BC government announced that a Forest License to harvest 15,000 m3 per year was available near Creston. Responding to concerns from community members, Wildsight Creston Valley, along with four other groups, jointly submitted an application to the BC government and were granted the license.
They had a bold and beautiful vision: an ecosystem-based, ecologically responsible philosophy of forest stewardship. A community taking care of and benefiting directly from its own resources.
And they achieved it. All harvesting done by the Creston Community Forest is done using silvicultural systems and harvesting methods that are compatible with community values. The Community Forest provides local employment, encourages education and training in sustainable forestry, and uses local facilities for primary timber processing.
Thank-you Creston Community Forest for your inspiration and your contribution to a world in which both humans and nature can thrive.