|Lanark: Country roads, take me home!|
|Gaby's first frost|
The next week we had our EAD led by Erin and Gaby (another Gaby!). They had us focus on toxins and harmful substances contained in everyday things that we use. They presented "The Story of Stuff", to give us a quick outline of the impact a consumerist lifestyle has on our health, human rights, the environment, etc. It's a very interesting video that I saw a few years ago but was very good to revisit. I highly recommend it!
Following their EAD we had an interview for a learning forum in Montreal and then went to a meeting in Perth for a "transition town" initiative. First I will talk about the interviews.
Canada World Youth redesigned the way they run their programs due to threats of funding cuts last year. Now, all of the programs that CWY does are 5 year programs where the youth change each year, but the exchange destinations remain the same. As a part of this, CWY, along with it's many partners have decided to hold Learning Forums as well. This year will be the first Learning Forum in Montreal where youth from many different groups participating across Canada, with their many counter-parts from around the globe will all meet together to discuss the learning that is going on in the program and youth involvement. The good news was that our group needed to be represented at the forum, the bad news was that only 2 out of 18 of us could be funded! So we had to have interviews for the forum. Our group is full of amazing individuals and really, anyone would be fully capable of representing our group at the forum, but in the end Juan Carlos and myself were chosen as the representatives!!!!! :D So, I will be heading off to Montreal tomorrow until the morning of the 29th (the day before we leave for Honduras!!) for the forum. I'm really looking forward to it! :D
|stop climate change clothesline!|
350.org. Our action involved painting t-shirts with messages about stopping climate change and hanging them up on a clothesline to promote the idea of air-drying your clothes to cut down on both energy usage and expenses. We did the activity at the farmer's market in Perth and it was very well received. We got our pictures in the Perth Courier, EMC and there was an interview done for one of the local radio stations as well!
|10/10/10 clothesline for 350.org international event|
That pretty much brings us to this week where we have been doing our debriefing of the Canadian phase of the program. This week we've been talking a lot about power and privilege in our group, stereotyping and what to expect in Honduras, etc. We watched this TED talk which was extremely interesting, about the dangers of the "single story".
|Fall in Perth!|
So tomorrow I will be saying a goodbye to my host family/work placement and the wonderful community of Perth to head off to Montreal for the learning forum and this time next week I will be just a day away from HONDURAS!!!!!!!!!!!
|Canada World Youth REPRESENT!|
AND if you, or anyone you know is interested in doing a CWY program, APPLY!!!!! You must be a youth (between the ages of 17-24)!! Application deadline for next year is December!