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An Inspiring Earth Day 2016 – Environmental Mind Grind

 

During the Earth Day weekend in late April, EcoZero was honoured to be invited to participate in the Abbotsford and Mission Community Services High School Environmental Mind Grind Challenge to chat to people about recycling used cooking oil and biodiesel.

 

Each year, the Recycling Division of the Abbotsford and Mission Community Services organizes an environmental trivia challenge, complete with a study guide, for local high schools to participate for a chance to win $1500 for a sustainability initiative at their school.

EcoZero partnered with Abbotsford and Mission Community Services last year to offer residents used cooking oil recycling at their depot locations. Both of us are so pleased to see the interest and enthusiasm locals have shown to learn more about recycling used cooking oil and locally-produced biodiesel. This year there was a new section on biodiesel and recycling used cooking oil included in the student’s study guide. Of course we were thrilled to see this new addition, and the Recycling Education Coordinator was also happy to be able to add new content this year. The new information rounds out a comprehensive array of environmental topics for the students to study. From fossil fuels, to forestry and agriculture, to biofuels – the study guide was packed FULL of relevant information.

We have to say, we were in awe of these high school student teams who gallantly battled for top honours. They were competitive, yet supportive of each other. To see the enthusiasm within the younger generation was so inspiring. Many of the parents, teachers, and other exhibitors who attended the event shared the same sentiment.

We had a great Earth Day weekend watching local high school teams battle to the top of the Mind Grind competition
We had a great Earth Day weekend watching local high school teams battle to the top of the Mind Grind competition

At a time when it feels as though climate change and human degradation of our planet makes the future seem to be a scary place, it was moving to see the future generation embrace sustainability and environmentalism with such enthusiasm and vigor. It fanned the flames of our passion for the planet and re-invigorated our drive to reach out and support the younger generations learn more about environmentally-friendly alternatives such as clean-burning biodiesel, especially in Canada.

The children are our future, and that doesn’t feel like a scary place afterall.

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