Wake up. Eat. Go to School. Eat. Study. Eat. TV. Sleep. Rinse and Repeat.
When walking by the shore, picking up seashells is only natural. In Hawaii, I collected ocean treasures by the beach. Yet, it was my “Kuleana“, a Hawaiian word to describe one’s shared responsibility, to place them back. What I brought home as souvenirs from Hawaii were stories from some of the best storytellers I’ve ever met. These stories about our collective kuleana are ones I’ll always treasure.
The cold winds of Fall are sweeping Quebec already, and I thought I would share with you all a glamorous day in the world of wood turtle conservation.
It can’t all be Hawaiian sunshine and Mai Tais, right?
I support a number of social justice causes: gender equality, animal rights, BLM, and missing and murdered Indigenous women to name a few. For a living, I work for an organization that campaigns to protect the health of our oceans, our ecosystems and our planet for generations to come. I’m proud that these causes drive social change -- but I’m not an activist.
An ambassador is someone who works to represent or promote a certain activity. As CC-IUCN Youth Ambassadors, Caroline, Sam and Elyse got the chance to represent Canadian youth at the World Conservation Congress. But there are many nature ambassadors in this world that often go unnoticed. Let’s recognize some special Ocean Ambassadors...the surf bums.
My anxious fingers skim over my Indigo re-gifted tropical coloured keyboard cover as I type into the Google search bar the infamous name: “Donald Trump”. Instantly, I am flooded with a whopping 397 million results. News stories, tweets, and pictures. Looking to prove my point, but unsure if I can, I now type “climate change” into the search bar.
Bingo: 140 million results.
I always thought Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works hard just like other environmental NPOs, where volunteers are highly needed to improve nature, and stewardship is applied - but I did not know that the organization wisely uses its resources to buy lands.
I recently met with Mariana Borsuk-Gudz and Lucy Mackrell, the winter and summer directors of Camp Outlook. As a registered Ontario charity, they run summer and winter camp programs for youth aged 13-17 who are referred by their school or social agencies.
Being community-based means you need to listen just as much as you need to make decisions and act. It also means that when you listen, you do so to understand what the community wants and needs, and finding an effective way to meet that.
So this year, with the Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 program, we’re doing just that.