5th of June is observed as the ‘World Environment Day’, every year.
“Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level” has been chosen as the theme this year by the United Nations General Assembly.
A workshop was organized on the 3rd June by the High Commission of Canada for children aged between 12 to 17 years. In this regard, One World News had a brief interaction with Marie-Josee Charbonneau, Counsellor and Head-Advocacy Programme of High Commission of Canada on the workshop and the engagement between the two countries.
What is the purpose of organising this workshop?
To show every Canadian’s commitment of working towards the betterment of the environment.
How do these workshops help children?
Children are future custodians of the environment. We conducted a quiz on the social-networking site (Facebook) and found out that their ideas are quite unique.
How participative are Indian children in comparison to Canadas’? What are the other type of workshops that you have conducted in India?
The Indian engagement is always high in all the workshops whether we conduct them here or in Canada. We conduct several workshops and exchange programmes like CSR Workshops and other education related workshops. For the environment, last year, we created Bird nests and held few water conserving programmes also.
July 1st is Canada Day. So, how are you planning to observe its 147th birthday?
We will be celebrating ‘Canada Day’ in the Canadian Embassy in Mumbai as well as in the Trade Council of Bangalore. As far as observing the same in Canada is concerned, we will organise various programmes for children in the morning, celebrations in the Parliament, followed by fireworks in the evening.
The Deputy High Commissioner, J. Nickel was also present for the workshop for a short while. He put emphasis on the climate change and its impact on small islands, further explaining its meaning and importance. He listed out Andaman & Nicobar and Maldives among the few islands that are getting affected. As the world’s small island nations are home to more than sixty-three million people. They play an important role in protecting the oceans and act as biodiversity hotspots, containing some of the richest reservoirs of plants and animals on the planet.
Later on, he went on to explain India and Canada’s collective share for reducing the harmful impact on environment. Under this, he also discussed Canada’s freshwater collection and its management. He showed the best natural sites of Canada on the slideshow like Niagra Falls, Snow, etc. for a better understanding. He stressed on the fact that 37% of pulses in India come from Canada. Moreover, in Canada, Punjabi is the fourth most spoken language.
The mood of the workshop lightened up after Vijay Menon, a quiz master took over the show. He asked several questions related to the environment like the 3R’s, uses of the satellite’s wing, RO water, Ozone Hole and so on. Vijay encouraged the children to participate by saying, “There’s nothing wrong in being wrong”. There were bright and genius kids from non-governmental organisations like Salaam Baalak Trust and Aarohan Street to School. After the quiz and post card making activities, winners were awarded with Canada goodies. The children also planted saplings in the presence of the Deputy High Commissioner. Hence, the children had a great time where they got an opportunity to learn and participate in several activities on the World Environment Day.
Photo Courtesy : Sameep Tawakley, OneWorldNews
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