Action for Nature recently announced Georgetown teen Harnoor Gill as one of the the winners of its 2013 International Eco-Hero Awards competition, a program to honour inspirational young people from around the globe who are helping to create a better future for our planet by taking action to improve the environment.
Gill, 15, won an award for inspiring and motivating community members to get involved in environmental causes.
The Grade 9 Christ the King student serves as a youth leader for the Willow Park Ecology Center (WPEC) and the Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (POWER) organization, and also participates in environmental projects like tree planting, sustainable gardening, and fundraising. Gill shares his experiences and enthusiasm with others by writing articles which are featured in local, national and international publications. Through his writing, he promotes the principles of zero waste and advocates for sustainable environmental actions that anyone can take. Gill says he is on a mission to inspire confidence in others and motivate community members to lend a hand for the environment.
Gill, who moved to Canada from Hong Kong in 2002 started a Green Team at Stewarttown Public School, and has been involved in a host of environmental causes with more than 20 different organizations, including WPEC, POWER, a Youth Caucus, Town of Halton Hills Sustainability Steering Committee, Mayor’s Youth Action Committee, Halton Peel Biodiversity Network, Halton Environmental Network, Credit Valley Conservation, and Volunteer Halton’s Change The World campaign.
Volunteering connected Gill with his community and enabled him to meet a network of like-minded friends, inspiring him to found the Peace Welcome Club (PWC) in 2012. PWC engages youth in volunteering and advocates for youth who are new to Canada by providing peer-support and opportunities to get involved in their community. Among its many projects, the PWC has organized the donation of more than 10,000 books to help enhance literacy among First Nation (Native American) children in Northern Ontario and in India, and a Jean Green Drive which provided almost 2,000 pairs of jeans to underprivileged international youth. PWC also volunteered for the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up, gathering 30 large bags of trash.
Every year since 2003, Action For Nature, a U.S.-based non-profit group, has sought to recognize and reward young people ages 8-16 who are taking action to solve the world’s tough environmental problems. Youth from countries around the globe send in their stories and explain their work, then a panel of judges including experts in environmental science, biology and education determines the year’s top achievers. Each Eco-Hero Award winner receives a cash prize, a certificate of achievement and other benefits.
For more information on the 2013 Young Eco-Hero Award winners and their environmental initiatives, please go to www.actionfornature.org/.
Source: the ifp