Volunteering with Canada World Youth – Environmental message

Fannie Chiasson  is a volunteer with Nature Canada. She hails from Trois-Rivières (Québec) and is participating in Canada World Youth’s Youth Leaders in Action program. Fannie will be completing a two-month work placement with Nature Canada, starting in early October and ending in November. She will be joining the Communications and Conservation teams and helping them with various projects.

My name is Fannie and I’m from Trois-Rivières (Québec). I’m a youth volunteer participating in the Canada World Youth (CWY) program for the next six months. As part of the program, I will be living and volunteering in two different communities, one in Canada (Ottawa) and one in Kenya (Kagwe). I’m part of a team of nine Canadians and nine Kenyans coming from different areas of those two countries. During the Canadian phase of this program, I am living with a CWY volunteer from Kenya and a host family in Ottawa . When I travel to Kenya, I will be staying with a Kenyan host family.We also have work placements for each phase of the program. In Ottawa; I’m working at Nature Canada with David Njuguna (a member of our team from Kenya).

As a youth volunteer with Canada World Youth, I have an environmental message that I would like to share. Nowadays, there are lots of environmental problems; global warming, deforestation, over consumption, toxic wastes and more. I have recently read a book called Flight of the Hummingbird that I believe has a great environmental lesson in it: “We humans are the only species with the power to destroy the earth as we know it. Yet if we have the capacity to destroy the earth, so, too, do we have the capacity to protect it.”

I think it’s important to know and consider that we all can make a difference and protect the environment by making small changes to our lifestyle. By starting with little everyday actions, we can accomplish something big. For example, we can turn off the light when we’re leaving, use transportation that produces no gas emissions, and even reduce, reuse, recycle and repair. And if you think that a single person’s actions have no impact, I find it helpful to keep this quote from “Flight of the Hummingbird” in mind: “While one person’s actions alone may not have a significant impact, the combined effect of millions of individuals’ actions certainly does.”

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