From everything around me I understand that unless the environment is taken care of starting now (if possible should have done it yesterday or the day before.. you get the drift) the Earth we leave our next generations to will be a mess, a man made mess.
Native American’s have a saying which I tend to often repeat whenever I get a chance, it goes like this “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” The future we know belongs to todays children, the next generation and the ones to come after them. It is therefore our responsibility to help them be good stewards of the amazing blue planet we call home.
In Canada the Auto Major Toyota Canada Inc and Earth Day Canada have together established The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program to reward and encourage environmental commitment and action among students. The scholarship program is an incentive for youngsters who will emerge as tomorrows environmental leaders, activists and advocates.
The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program grants 20 awards of $5000 each annually, to be applied directly towards tuition, books, room and board (where applicable) or other educational expenses for the first year of post-secondary full-time studies in Canada.
Regional panels of community, business and environmental leaders will select the winners who best meet the selection criteria. Awards will be granted in five geographic areas:
- Atlantic Canada
- Western Canada / Northwest Territories / Nunavut
- British Columbia / Yukon
A national winner – selected from the 20 regional winners – will also be awarded the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship National Award and a Panasonic notebook computer at the National Award Ceremony.
This year the national winner is Andrew Wong of Ontario Canada. Andrew mobilizes his peers to achieve environmental goals. At school, he recognized that an abandoned greenhouse was an underutilized resource which had great potential to educate students about plant science and horticulture. Being the treasurer of his school student body he knew the limited resources the school had would not be available. He and a group of dedicated volunteers created The Greenhouse Horticultural society and grew and sold geraniums to raise money for the Greenhouse. Today the greenhouse is a hub for biological education enrichment and is an inspirational accomplishment for the students and faculty at Andrew’s high school.
Andrew is a very dedicated and active member of amny green organisations in his community and has been commended by the committee as a shining example of global citizenship. “It is this type of leadership and passion, which Andrew has shown, which will be needed to tackle the environmental issues of today and help to build the more sustainable societies of tomorrow,” said Yoichi Tomihara, President of Toyota Canada Inc. “That’s why we’re so pleased to honour Andrew with the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship National Award, for demonstrating such exemplary academic and environmental excellence. I’m confident this passionate student leader will help show all Canadians how they can live Earth Day, Every Day.” He has taken an active role to improve the state of the environment and will no doubt continue to be an inspirational leader for positive change.
He also blogs about the environment at a million green things It is a pleasure to see youngsters like Andrew Wong, gives us all more hope about where the world is headed. All the very Best to the Andrew Wond and his ilk, the future is yours…