Megan McConnell, Winnipeg, Activity 1

Environment   Oct 13, 2019 by megan mcconnell

Hi everyone, my name is Megan and I live on treaty 1 territory, the traditional land of the Métis nation. I wanted to get involved with this project because it gives me an opportunity to learn more about biodiversity in Canada, the environment in general and it's another way that youth can help others be more aware of the affects of climate change. 

 Biodiversity refers to all the life in an eco-system working together and interacting with each other in a positive way. It's having all the millions of species of plants and animals and insects there's supposed to be in the Amazon Rainforest or the Great Barrier Reef, or the plaines of Africa, all thriving together in there natural habitat. Biodiversity is what we need to live and sustain our planet. Without it, eco-systems stop working and everything loses balance. Biodiversity is beautiful and it's one of the most important things for the planet. 

For me, a big obstacle I face when wanting to make a difference is that I have a hard time finding concrete tasks that I can accomplish to feel like I've really done something. I go to meetings sometimes to try and help plan the climate strikes in my area but I sometimes feel like I don't really have much to offer the group and usually just end up just listening instead of really getting involved. It's also hard because the problem is so big that it's very difficult to know where to start. One thing I've done that is helping me is joining my school club that helps make changes within the school to be more eco-friendly as well as being apart of this group right here. Those things help me feel more accomplished. 

Depending on our personal history, we will all view sustainability and the environment differently. People who's parents were maybe uneducated on the issue or uninterested in the issue probably never taught their kids about it or showed much initiative to be more green at home. Those kids probably won't share the same views as those who were exposed to the topics more early on. First nations people especially because they were always very aware of the environment and it was a always a big part of their teachings. They have been fighting for the environment for a long time now and this surely affects their views on the environment. I think growing up in a family that values the environment and understand the importance of it, and makes the effort to do their part in protecting it, causes you to also have an appreciation for it.   

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