Earth Day at Highrock Park, Esquimalt, April 19, 2023
31 Green Team community members joined in the Earth Day celebration by helping to remove invasive plants from about 250 square meters of the park!
Together we all helped remove about 19 cubic meters of invasive plants! Amazing team work everybody!
Thank you to: Polly, Dianna, Kris, Paul, Blythe, Rachel, Thomas, Michael, Jaanvi, Meg, Tina, Melisa, Jamie, Barb, Tiberius, Melodie, Victoria, Anand, Consuelo, Ron, Rebecca, Arjeet, Jason, Aysha, Danielle, Caleb, and Larisa!
The Greater Victoria Green Team hosted an info booth in addition to running an activity station at this Earth Day celebration! Our program coordinator, Maria, and Green Team member, Dianna, chatted with many community members including passers by, teachers, parent volunteers, and similar groups interested in working towards a healthier Earth through collaborative leadership!
- Hundreds of Esquimalt school children participated in trail building, planting, and invasive plant removal activities.
- 31 Green Team community members helped remove invasive plants from about 250 square meters of the park.
- 82 volunteer hours were contributed to removing invasive Himalayan blackberry from a 250 square meter section of the park!
- Together over the course of the day, the whole community was able to remove about 19 cubic meters of invasive plants!
- Hundreds of trees were given out by Esquimalt for participants to take home and plant!
- Around 40 community members were inspired, educated, and empowered through talking to members at our info booth about what we do, what they can do, and learning about a variety of ways to get involved in their communities.
Before … and After!
The 19 cubic meter pile of invasive Himalayan blackberry and English ivy that was removed over the course of the day
- Develop a sense of belonging to community and place
- Have improved mental and physical health
- Connect to nature, which leads to environmentally responsible behaviour
- Learn about local environmental issues and actions they can take
- Learn the value of bringing together people to work towards a common goal
- Become leaders in their communities
- Increase confidence, resilience and perseverance
This activity was run by our program manager, Kaitlin, and program coordinator, Maria! Both were hired through the Youth Leadership Program. This new program seeks to teach, train, and empower the next generation of community leaders.