In 2016, following an inspiring talk by Students on Ice founder and Canada C3 Expedition Leader Geoff Green at l’École sécondaire de l’Île in Gatineau Quebec, my students and I were so spurred on that we decided to create a school committee called Polar Ambassadors. After participating in Canada C3, I realized that the issues impacting our community required a broader focus. This led, in September 2018, to dividing the Ambassadors’ Committee into two – the Green Wave and the Polar Wave.
Here are four tasks that we have undertaken over the past year:
TASK 1: Adopt a fish: A fundraising initiative to raise awareness about the health of our waterways.
My first inspiration came from a mural on a school fence when C3 visited the town of Bella Bella, British Columbia. The Fishes on Fences program raises awareness to promote ocean conservation. Learning that nothing like this exists in Quebec, I decided to get the ball rolling! Together with the Ambassadors, we made over 150 fish and turtles to spread the word to passers-by about the health of the creek called Ruisseau de la brasserie beside our school. Over 100 students from our school and a local primary school in took part. We raised over $400 through fish adoptions.
TASK 2: Reconciliation efforts
TASK 3: Mission 100 Tonnes clean-up!
TASK 4: The start of a composting program at École secondaire de l’Île by the Green Wave
Starting a composting program in a high school with over 1,200 students is a big task! But the members of the green wave were up to the challenge. We predict that by the end of the 2018–2019 school year, we will be proud to say that the school’s population is ECO-FRIENDLY!
During the 2018 and 2019 school year, we aim to focus our attention on the three additional areas:
- the Amnesty International campaign for Indigenous Peoples in Canada,
- WE DAY campaigns focusing on reconciliation and our environmentalism activities, and
- The creation of a green wall using recycled materials
There is so much to do still but our Green Wave and Polar Wave Ambassadors continue to remain inspired, knowing that they have already and can continue to make a real difference!