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You and What Army?

“Do you have a community that stands behind what you stand for? And if you do, you’ll have more power. And if you don’t, you won’t.” – Barack Obama The…

All You Need Is Love (and a Plan)

How our mentor, Kat taught students the importance of rooting work in something you love to really make a lasting impact. The first step of mentorship is research. Students begin searching…

From Idea to Impact

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Hi readers, my name is Kat and I’m a mentor for the 3% Project! After the assembly, Steve…

The Last Generation

Ever wonder what I do as a UN policy advocate? Read my speech from last year’s UN High-level Political Forum. Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. My name is Steve…

The Lion that is Hope

“Once we start to act, hope is everywhere.” - Greta Thunberg, 15 year old activist. Lion's Head is halfway between Owen Sound and Tobermory. It's a tourism town for canoeing,…

A Reflection on the Whys and Hows

“There's no such thing as a morality project, or an ethics project; everything is supposed to be moral and ethical. Same thing with sustainability; everything is supposed to be sustainable.”…

Boycotting Participation Trophies

Why feel-good, low-impact ‘gold star’ student projects will result in a more cynical, jaded, indifferent generation. In a rural town in Manitoba, I discussed a student-led volleyball tournament fundraiser for…

The Canadian Farmer’s Story

"What's the life of a farmer like?" I asked. "How much time have you got?" he replied, taking a deep breath. A conversation with two elderly farmers from a rural…

What’s in a Teacher?

igenou First, meet Warren Lake. He’s an environmental science educator at the school. He’s received international awards, given TED talks on pedagogical approaches to nature education, and published articles and…

Ahousat: Resilience, Love, and Hope

igenou Ahousat is an island accessible only by water or air, off the coast of Vancouver Island. It's an island with a predominantly Indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth Nation population of 2,100. After…

Going from Project to Impact

Hello, Prince of Wales Secondary! “How do we move away from fossil fuel? How is it fair that climate change disproportionately affects developing states who did the least to cause…

Sowing Seeds of Sustainability

Hello again, Kumsheen Secondary! What is an action project? At every school, we challenge students to solve their community’s biggest sustainability challenge. We help students analyze and develop solutions to…

Hello, from Nechako Valley!

After the assembly, I talked with some student leaders. They’ve run a successful e-waste drive and have a water walk coming up for the school’s Water Week. “What is the…

Hello, from Smithers!

Visiting the town’s local high school, I witnessed tremendous potential for youth action. Over the last six years, teachers and students have started environmental initiatives that are unlike anything I’ve…