There are three secondary schools in the Saanich South riding, and I, personally, offered each school a $500 scholarship for students demonstrating leadership in environmental issues; global or local. The three schools, South Island Distance Education (SIDES), Claremont Secondary and Spectrum Community School each chose their own recipient. Here is what I learned about our Saanich South high school students.
|L to R: Lana , Kristine Chen, Kaia Bryce, Sierra Kemp|
Sierra Kemp, of Claremont Secondary School, has one year of high school left where she will participate in the Institute for Global Solutions (IGS) program – setting even more ambitious goals for herself. During her year in grade 11, this Saanich South youth organized and created opportunities for fundraising towards a new bike compound at the school.
Finally, Kristine Chen, of Spectrum Community School would like to share the following tips for “Going Green”.
- Eat less meat
- Recycle everything possible, reuse everything possible and return anything possible
- Buy fair trade; locally
- Stop 75% of junk mail by signing up on the “Mail Preference Service” on the Direct Marketing Association website (for a fee of $1.00)
- Stop receiving unwanted catalogs by visiting “catalogChoice.org”
- Take shorter showers
- Use cold water for laundry
- Hang clothing to dry instead of using clothes dryer
- Carpool, bike, walk or jog to destination
- Pay bills online
- Give up plastic and paper bags
- Trade paper towels with reusable microfiber towels
- Only start a fully loaded dishwasher
- Lower the temperature in fridge
- No dry cleaning
- Increase gas mileage by checking tire pressure
- No bottled water
To all three scholarship recipients, I offer my congratulations and best wishes. You are wonderful young women and you remind me to hold onto hope for our future.