Summers for me are always full of activities that involve learning about the environment. There have been less invasive species reported and more people that have learned about the Aboriginal way of life. Many people are getting concerned about the environment and have made better decisions about recycling their materials instead of throwing them in the waste.
One of my environmental outings involved going to the Heart Lake conservation area in the heart of Brampton. I studied the drum circle plants and rocks. The designated rocks placed there were for directions. For example, white rocks meant north, while dark grey rocks represented south. I also learned that after the ceremonies of Native Indians, drum leaders always put tobacco on rocks when the ceremony was finished for good luck. I learned that the Heart lake conservation area formed during the Ice Age 12,000 years ago. I had a lot of fun at the Heart lake conservation area and saw many people there building teepees and teeter-totters out of natural wood. I went on a boardwalk around the lake and noticed that it had a lot of waste such as tissues, bananas and even an abandoned picnic table. This was surprising to me because since this was a conservation area, I thought it would be a little cleaner than it was when I saw it. But, I guess some people just don’t understand that it’s not good to litter.
During my summer vacation, I didn’t just go to conservation areas to learn about the environment. I also went to a Leading Edge Conference and a tour of the recycling place of Kingston by the Summer Enrichment Experience at Queen’s (SEEQ) program. The Leading Edge Conference was a great opportunity to understand how economic developments in the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve are progressing. I learned how building a greener Ontario would attract more tourists to visit our province. This is related to economic development because people will like the green that is spread all around Ontario. All in all, the leading edge conference was about striving to provide sustainable practices and attractions in the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.
The recycling tour was part of many activities that I did while attending Queen’s University for the SEEQ program. This plant was very interesting to see for it didn’t use the latest technology for recycling such as Toronto’s Plant did. It didn’t use lasers or other fancy gadgets to crush stuff or machines to sort through the recycling. The Kingston plant was all hand sorted and instead of lasers they crushed the recycling with big machines instead. It was a great experience and I hope to do it again.