Less Waste in Our Space
Our vision for Canada is to help create a sustainable world for future generations.
Our team attended LSF’s Youth Leadership Forum in Guelph in December. From the speakers and workshops, we learned about sustainability topics and skills such as: single use plastics, invasive species, renewable energy, active transport, trees and plants and bugs, water, health, pollinators, food, consumerism, etc. Learning about these things made us interested in pursuing Action Projects related to the issues of plastic water bottles, water health, reusable bottles, pollution, and getting rid of styrofoam plates. These things are important to us because we live in Centre Wellington, where Nestle’s water extraction and bottling activities are a well-known issue; we care about water security, and the local wildlife who may be hurt by the improper disposal of plastic water bottles. To fix these issues, some actions we could take are: introducing reusable plates in the caf; CW-branded reusable water bottles and free refills of iced tea or other drinks as an incentive; banning single-use water bottles; expanding food school program; selling local food at school. To get started, first we’ll need to talk to the school board, our hospitality teachers, students in our school, our cafeteria staff, Wellington Water Watchers, our principal, and our student council. We need to learn about how we can reduce the amount of bottled water in our school, our local water system, and existing campaigns/groups working to protect our water. We hope that by the end of the school year, we will ban disposable water bottles from the school and have every student using reusable bottles and begin to raise awareness about the environmental effects of disposable water bottles in our community!