How to Protect the Environment Every Day
When he wrote this for us, Harnoor Gill was a Grade 8 student in Georgetown, Ontario, who immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong at a young age. His outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of preserving the environment won him a place in 2011’s “Top 15 Under 15”, the 2011 Young Conservationist Award from the Credit Valley Conservation Authority, and the Citizen Award from the Conservation Halton Award of Excellence. Now 18, Gill is in grade 12 and is a youth writer, speaker, fundraiser and community leader, who founded the Peace Welcome Club to engage newcomer youth in volunteering, and was awarded the 2016 Global Changemaker Award by the Ontario Council of International Cooperation.
“Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?” – Ray Kroc.
This quote is great for the situation of our environment, because it shows how when you are growing, you seem green, but if nobody takes care of you as an adolescent you will become ripe and start to rot. Keeping the environment green is like that.
We can do these things to be green: protect the environment in everyday life; create local ecosystems through the use of natural resources; and let everybody know how important it is to help preserve the environment.
In order to protect the environment in your everyday life, it’s best to set yourself a long-term goal, like you would for losing weight or gaining muscle. To start this off, you might want to make a local garden for your community that can be taken care of through a volunteer schedule, which would get all others in your community involved with the project. Also, by preserving the environment, you help make the air easier to breathe, the trees look greener, and last but not least, the community around you jollier.
Don’t forget to help animals at the same time - they’re part of the environment. One of the best ways to help them is to take care of local ecosystems within your area. For instance, if you know of a community pond nearby, a great way to make it welcoming and healthy for animals is to pick up the litter, to help an existing ecosystem stay naturally healthy within its surroundings. Ecosystems are commonly found around wetlands/marshlands, but can take place anywhere where there is already some kind of a natural system.
One of the easiest, but in some ways the hardest, job to do, may be to let everybody know how important it is to help preserve the environment. You can do this by writing an article about it, or even posting on Facebook or Tweeting about all the different things you can do to help your community. It’s never too late to get started. What’s really wonderful about this whole experience is that you’ll find you start to gain skills that you never thought you would have ever learned before.
To summarize, getting involved in the environment is a great way to interact within your community, because you learn new skills, meet new people and make a difference in your own community. This is what it means to be a true Canadian!