Youth Environmental Network of York Region (YENYR) — Eco Action Conference
Organized by Markham students, this conference was attended by over 300 students and teachers.
The goal of the Youth Ecological Action Conference, held in November, 2010, was to increase awareness about environmental issues in Markham and to help students develop and initiate environmental projects in their schools and the community.
This project featured:
- guest speakers, including Canadian astronaut Dave Williams, who spoke about environmental issues and the power of youth
- booths and interactive workshops informing the students on various environmental issues and methods for implementing change
David Suzuki Public School — Outdoor Classroom
The eco-team at David Suzuki Public School, which includes the teachers, caretakers, secretaries, administrators and students, applied for funding to build an outdoor classroom. The purpose of this project was to give students a chance to learn about their environment and the increasing native insect populations in the area, with a focus on butterflies. Funding was used to purchase native trees, vegetables and herbs. This project was an excellent opportunity to teach students and staff of David Suzuki Public School about the importance of native species and to raise environmental awareness.
Ontario Streams — Little Rouge Creek Rehabilitation Project
This project was part of a habitat rehabilitation program which monitors, protects and rehabilitates habitat for redside dace, which is a provincially threatened species of fish in the Rouge River watershed. These fish have been declining due to habitat loss from urbanization and intensive land use. The project was aimed at restoring historical populations of the fish and creating additional habitat for existing populations.