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A Look Back: BGYN and the Youth Leadership Council 2017/2018

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on 14 August 2018
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Thank you to our first ever BurlingtonGreen Youth Network (BGYN) Leadership Council for their passion and commitment.

The inaugural Leadership Council was formed in October 2017. Eight students from three different Burlington High Schools were selected to bring their passion, commitment and skills to enhance the well established Youth Network and to challenge ( or empower?) their schools and the local community to live green. 

With the 2017/2018 school year wrapped up, we want to thank our youth leaders and share a few of their accomplishments and some BGYN highlights. Check out the highlights below!

Interested in joining the 2018-2019
Youth Leadership Council?

With such a successful kickoff, the Youth Leadership Council is excited to continue their efforts in the upcoming school year and we're excited to announce that we have space available for more Council members! Please download the Terms of Reference and application here. Don't delay, send your completed applications to Sarah today!

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November 2017: The Youth ECO-Summit with David Suzuki

The Leadership Council and BGYN snapped into action by supporting the planning of the Youth Eco-Summit featuring 4 amazing local eco-heros and very special guest, David Suzuki. This youth-driven event attracted 700 Halton youth from grades 7 to 12 and their teachers to join together for a day of inspiration and empowerment to action.

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January 2018: Taste of Burlington Event Greening

The Leadership Council took the lead on the waste diversion efforts at the Taste of Burlington’s launch event at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. We worked with over 20 local restaurant vendors and over 300 guests, educating them on how to sort their waste and reducing the garbage sent to the landfill to under two bags!

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April 2018: Clean Up Green Up

The BGYN took on the responsibility of preparing hundreds of supply bundles (bags, gloves & tips handouts) for the popular citywide Community Clean Up. The handy bundles were used to enable schools, businesses and community groups to take action and clean up their neighbourhoods. Our Leadership Council also managed the Youth Outreach booth and helped plant trees at the Green Up event held at Tuck Park.

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February - April 2018: The Say No to Straws Campaign

The Leadership Council decided to tackle the issue of plastic straws locally by planning a school focused campaign with the help of Halton Green Screens. The ‘Say No to Straws Campaign’ launch was held at Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School on April 25th. There was a screening of the short documentary ‘Straws’ followed by audience discussion.

The Say No to Straws Campaign is a project aimed at having straws offered by local restaurants only by customer request. Single-use plastic straws have a major impact on the environment and our Youth Council continues to work hard to educate and promote this issue.

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June 2018: Kite Festival Event Greening

On June 3rd, members of the Youth Leadership Council helped lead our Kids Eco-Pledge Button Making Activity as well as educating the public through our Event Greening Program. It was a great day full of fun in the sun, flying kites, and helping kids pledge to help the planet!

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July 2018: Butterfly Identification at the Royal Botanical Gardens

For our July meeting, the BGYN headed to the RBG Arboretum for an afternoon of butterfly identification with help from RBG staff, Scott and Jackson. We learned how to gently catch and identify butterflies and explored the beautiful Arboretum.

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July 2018: Canada Day Event Greening

Members of the BGYN helped to coordinate the waste diversion efforts at the City’s Canada Day Festival, educating the public as well as helping to divert as much compost and recycling as possible. Our small team of volunteers were able to sort through all of the waste produced by tens of thousands of festival-goers, diverting over a tonne of waste from the landfill. Now that's a great example of teamwork to make a positive difference locally!

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August 2018: Public Consultation on Plastic Waste

The BGYN YLC recognizes the importance of a plastic-free environment and the role of the government in achieving this. Youth Leadership Council members, Salma El Ali and Noor Toeama, took the lead in writing a letter to Environment and Climate Change Canada for the Plastics Consultation. The consultation allowed them the space to share their ideas about how Canada can reduce plastic waste through federal-provincial-territorial government approaches.

Be inspired. Check out the full letter here.

August 2018: Nurdle Hunting at Burlington Beach

For our August BGYN meeting, we headed to Burlington Beach to hunt for nurdles (microplastics) along the shore.  Unfortunately, they were very easy to find. Thanks to local nurdle expert, Joanne Arcand, for joining us and sharing her knowledge about this form of industrial pollution.

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