Alisha M, West Vancouver: Activity 1

Environment   Oct 1, 2019 by Alisha Ma
  • To me, biodiversity is the very thing that fuels our collective purpose as human beings. Biodiversity denotes the variety of all living species on Earth, but that is just about where the similarities end. We are all living. However, that is the most important similarity. If the one thing we have in common with other living organisms is that we are all alive, then it is our responsibility to, well, keep us all alive. Also, if there is more to drive us apart than what binds us together, now more so than ever, then it is ever more important to not only work as a team, but to celebrate our differences.
  • I think that the biggest obstacle I face when wanting to make a change is very much a universal one. Thanks to the internet and other technologies, the world is more interconnected than it has ever been in history; yet we have also never been so isolated from one another. Almost everything is artificial and/or hidden behind something, whether it be a screen or a wall of ignorance. Although I have access to countless means of communication and countless ways to make change, it is connecting with like-minded people and breaking through the surface of all of the pointless yet time consuming aspects of our society that keep me from truly making a change. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to enact change when there is so much opposition to it. We can see from the political climate of both Canada and the United States that some people are stubbornly rooted in the name of tradition, others steeped in greed and even some that hide behind the logos of simply being a 'realist'. Whatever the opposition may be, however, the recent youth climate strikes show us that change is inevitable when the call for change is louder than the opposition.
  • As for my personal history, I grew up in Ottawa, where there is a prominent 'outdoor' culture. From catching frogs in the ravine in my backyard, to skiing every weekend in the winter, to attending sleep-away camp every summer in the middle of the woods in rural Ontario... Much of my happy memories from my childhood have been thanks to our beautiful environment. Subsequently, those memories and our environment is what has shaped me into who I am today. To see our environment quite literally suffocate to death because of entirely preventable human actions, drives me to want to do something about it. I also have four siblings, all of whom are younger than me. Fourteen years separate me and my youngest sister, but even in that (objectively) short amount of time, I see that her relationship with the environment is not quite the same as it was for me, negatively speaking. I fear that none of my younger siblings will be able to create those same precious memories that I did, so I not only want to conserve the environment for them, but I also believe that we must set examples and teach others about how to live sustainably.
  • I currently live on traditional Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh territories.

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Maria Castaneda
Oct 8, 2019

"We can see from the political climate of both Canada and the United States that some people are stubbornly rooted in the name of tradition, others steeped in greed and even some that hide behind the logos of simply being a 'realist'." 

I couldn't agree more... 

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