Alejandra Van Dusen, Regina, Activity One

Environment   Oct 8, 2019 by Alejandra Van Dusen

What does biodiversity mean to you?

Take one step outside, and already you will find yourself surrounded by a diverse and rich ecological mosaic. Our true, north, strong, and free country is host to over 71,000 species. Some of these species include the great and majestic narwhal, all the way to the adorable and dancing  Sage grouse. Apart from the obvious beauty and charm that our nation's biodiversity gives us, biodiversity is also a major cornerstone in ecosystem health.  A bio diverse ecosystem is a resilient ecosystem that can withstand disease. Ecosystems with biodiversity have healthier water and soil, and can be good agents in pollution absorption and climate stability.  In addition to all this, biodiversity has a positive impact on human life too. Agricultural industries can greatly benefit from a healthy and bio diverse ecosystem.  Biodiversity can benefit tourist and cultural sectors, and could even lead to discoveries new cures for illness. All in all, biodiversity is one of the many things that makes our country great, and that is why we, as a society, need to protect it.

What do you feel is the biggest obstacle you face when wanting to make a change?

I feel like a large obstacle I face when wanting to make a change is other commitments I have in my life. We are always told that school comes first, so when I am given the choice to either study for a big chemistry test or focus on making changes to things that I am passionate about, unfortunately, the chemistry test will win. I would like to find anyway possible to manage my time in a way that would allow for both academic success and getting to work on a passion project.

How does our personality history affect the way we view sustainability and the environment?

I believe that caring about the environment should be reinforced at a young age. When children are little we should expose them to the beauty of the environment and teach them why and how we must protect it. A child who has access to the outdoors and has the opportunity to interact with nature  will likely grow up to be an environmentally conscious adult who holds compassion for the environment. And although I recognize that there are socioeconomic barriers to exposure to nature, I believe that our education system should play a larger role than it already does in exposing children to nature

 With recognition of Treaty 4 territory and gratitude to the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakota peoples of Treaty 4 territory as well as the 4 historically Métis communities in this region - Lebret, Fort Qu’Appelle, Willow Bunch, and Lestock

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