Since 2017, younger folks throughout Canada have been demonstrating their management for nature via inventive, nature-based initiatives submitted to Nature Canada’s Younger Nature Leaders Grant. This 12 months, we’re celebrating the grant’s fifth 12 months operating due to the eagerness and generosity of Ladies for Nature members and different funders. The Younger Nature Chief’s grant was created to empower, uplift and assist younger folks seeking to implement a community-based undertaking centered round nature and sustainability.
This Earth month, we’re celebrating six recipients of the Younger Nature Leaders Grant. We have been thrilled to see the variety of passionate younger folks keen to teach, interact and lead others in caring for nature. We sit up for supporting them as they implement their nature initiatives over the course of this 12 months.
Congratulations to the 2022 Younger Nature Leaders Grant recipients who embrace:
Kehkashan Basu – Toronto, ON
Kehkashan will develop instructional workshops and public consciousness campaigns that can interact college students and the general public to guard the endangered Wooden Turtle.
“I feel as younger folks we have to step out of our consolation zones and take that additional step and stroll that additional mile to get the longer term we would like. Defending the environment is not a selection, it’s a accountability. So we should act now to attain a sustainable world.”
Ana Castillo – Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, QC
Ana plans to launch a seed-keeping program on the Younger Roots Farm’s summer season camp that can present marginalized youth the chance to study farming via hands-on studying and storytelling.
“Younger Roots Farm is an academic farm for inner-city children, offering expertise and information for an inclusive and sustainable relationship to meals. Because of Nature Canada and Ladies for Nature this 12 months, I hope to broaden our seed-keeping information!”
Rachel Irwin – Hamilton, ON
Rachel plans to broaden the outreach of the Toronto chapter of the Feminist Chicken Membership by organizing birding occasions that promote range in birding whereas making a secure area for conversations round social and environmental justice.
“The purpose of those birding occasions might be to create a secure area for brand new birders and youth to attach with nature and their group whereas having necessary conversations round inclusivity, accessibility, local weather change, and the significance of advocacy within the open air.”
Nena Van de Wouwer – Bouctouche, NB
Nena will launch a Inexperienced Godparent program that engages group members to turn out to be stewards for native nature areas and can embrace seaside clean-ups that upcycle the collected trash into artwork to boost consciousness about defending nature.
“I began the Inexperienced God Mum or dad Program to encourage folks to spend extra time in nature whereas concurrently giving again to it. For me, that’s the greatest feeling on the earth!”
This 12 months, we additionally honoured two wonderful champions for nature, Margaret Atwood and the late Graeme Gibson and have offered grants of their identify to younger folks to honour their needs to encourage future nature ambassadors and protectors:
Margaret Atwood Younger Nature Chief Grant
Denise Miller – Six Nations of the Grand River Territory/Brantford, ON
Denise will broaden the Revitalizing our Sustenance Venture that works to deal with meals safety points inside the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and can embrace land and agricultural restoration work utilizing native vegetation.
“As a Haudenosaunee girl, if you restore the land, you restore your identification and accountability to Creation.”
Graeme Gibson Younger Nature Chief Grant
Kenzie McCallum – Halifax, NS
Kenzie will coordinate and lead a three-part outside program for college students at native elementary faculties which is able to incorporate outside studying, local weather change discussions and an action-oriented service undertaking.
“I hope to assist college students join with their surrounding environments in significant methods and empower them to really feel they will make a distinction by their actions within the combat in opposition to local weather change.”
You can even examine earlier winners and their nature-based group initiatives right here.
We wish to give a particular due to the Choice Committee that included each Ladies for Nature members and Younger Ladies for Nature. Thanks to Alana Norie, Dalal Hanna, Celeste Landon, Christine Leduc, Iman Berry, Jessica Yu, Kirsten Reid, Mathilde Papillon, and Nikki Paskar for volunteering time to evaluate all of the inspiring initiatives!