Since 2017, younger individuals throughout Canada have been demonstrating their management for nature by inventive, nature-based tasks submitted to Nature Canada’s Younger Nature Leaders Grant. This yr, we’re celebrating the grant’s fifth yr 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 individuals 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 had been thrilled to see the variety of passionate younger individuals keen to teach, have interaction and lead others in caring for nature. We look ahead to supporting them as they implement their nature tasks over the course of this yr.
Congratulations to the 2022 Younger Nature Leaders Grant recipients who embrace:
Kehkashan Basu – Toronto, ON
Kehkashan will develop academic workshops and public consciousness campaigns that can have interaction college students and the general public to guard the endangered Wooden Turtle.
“I believe as younger individuals 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 our surroundings is now not a selection, it’s a duty. So we should act now to realize 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 find out about farming by hands-on studying and storytelling.
“Younger Roots Farm is an academic farm for inner-city youngsters, offering abilities and information for an inclusive and sustainable relationship to meals. Due to Nature Canada and Ladies for Nature this yr, 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 Hen Membership by organizing birding occasions that promote range in birding whereas making a protected house for conversations round social and environmental justice.
“The objective of those birding occasions can be to create a protected house for brand spanking new birders and youth to attach with nature and their neighborhood whereas having essential conversations round inclusivity, accessibility, local weather change, and the significance of advocacy within the outdoor.”
Nena Van de Wouwer – Bouctouche, NB
Nena will launch a Inexperienced Godparent program that engages neighborhood members to grow 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 Dad or mum Program to encourage individuals to spend extra time in nature whereas concurrently giving again to it. For me, that’s the finest feeling on the earth!”
This yr, we additionally honoured two wonderful champions for nature, Margaret Atwood and the late Graeme Gibson and have supplied grants of their identify to younger individuals 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 Challenge that works to handle 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, whenever you restore the land, you restore your id and duty to Creation.”
Graeme Gibson Younger Nature Chief Grant
Kenzie McCallum – Halifax, NS
Kenzie will coordinate and lead a three-part out of doors program for college students at native elementary colleges which is able to incorporate out of doors 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’ll make a distinction by their actions within the battle in opposition to local weather change.”
We want 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 overview all of the inspiring tasks!