Hello everyone! My name is Areeba. I am from Winston Knoll Collegiate, in Regina, Saskatchewan. I'm very excited to be here! I got involved in this project through my school's environmental club! Biodiversity to me is to protect the diversity in all the various ecosystems. It's important to recognize how selfishly we are destroying our environment. So much of its already destroyed. This is a much bigger issue than some people realize. All ecosystems have food chains that depend on one another. Some ecosystems can be completely demolished just because of a single species extinction.
The biggest obstacle when trying to make a change is the lack of knowledge. I feel like a lot of people want to help make a difference but they just don't know what it is that they can do to help. I believe that people need help or instructions as to how they can help. I have personally always cared for the environment and the most I have ever been able to do is to recycle or remind others to recycle. I feel like we need more opportunities like this, where youth could help around. If someone organizes a program and asks for volunteers, I am sure we will find a lot of youth interested.
I feel like people who care about the environment enjoy being in the wild. Our personal history impacts how we view the life around us. Many of us go by only caring for human species and forget about all the other various creations surrounding us. My family loves camping and exploring new places. I feel like I get my admiration for nature from them and this makes me care for the risks our environment is facing.
I live on Treaty 4 territory and traditional land 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.