Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Hello Youth4Action team! We just finished wrapping up another amazing year of MVST. We made so many great memories and new friends, and we are excited to share them with you.
Leadership Clinic, Visit to Nada
This year, we had some cool experiences that were new to our MVST Fall classes. One of these days was attending Nada, a zero-waste market for our Leadership Clinic. We witnessed how zero waste markets are possible, and how all the excess plastic we see in markets are not needed. This day had the Sustainable Food Systems Team excited and inspired for a potential future leadership clinic idea. This was an eye-opening experience and made us remember to always carry our own reusable bags next time we go shopping. We recommend paying a visit to this market! You can find their information at this link https://www.nadagrocery.com.
Fall Class at Metro Tower
During our brainstorming class at the Metro Vancouver head office, we spent the afternoon outside with a great team building activity that ended in a lot of laughter. We played a variation of the game dodgeball where we partnered up and the blindfolded person had to throw the ball as the other partner had to guide them around.
Going for a walk up to Capilano Dam and the salmon hatchery was a great experience! We spent time at the dam witnessing the salmon, prompting us to reflect on our water sources in Metro Vancouver and the importance of this vital resource. The Water Team was especially inspired to shape their own leadership clinic to connect human impacts on nature and how we can mitigate those impacts. The development of the dam posed a challenge for the salmon run, yet the impacts were mitigated by the salmon ladder and hatchery. To learn more about how human activities affect the environment and what we can do, the Water Team decided to plan a visit to the Coastal Oceans Research Institute and explore the issues surrounding microplastics.
Last Class Vancouver Museum
On our last day of classes, we attended the Vancouver Museum to present our Influence Project ideas with our peers, and brainstorm future sustainability initiatives. After this, we had an incredible vegan meal prepared by Ellie with various vegetables in a warm blend as a delicious chilli. We then explored the exhibits at the museum, as our favourite was the Haida Now exhibit. We learned about Haida traditions, art, and environmentally cautious customs and practices. This was a great day concluding our MVST 2018 time together. See you next year!