Climate Change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The need for environmental sustainability, conservation, protection and climate justice is dire, and urgent. At the World With MNR, we believe that this is an issue that needs to be addressed first and foremost, because no matter how hard we work to make this planet a better place, there's no point if we do not have a planet to live in. The World With MNR has a three-tier program in place to tackle this issue, and the others we work for: Advocacy, Storytelling and Development.
The future of our planet is in the hands of those who control our nations. They have the power to create changes to laws, and make decisions for our nations which can benefit them. This is why we must advocate for them to recognize the environmental challenges at hand, and take action.
We have been advocating for environmental rights in Canada with the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Campaign. Canada is one of the top countries for greenhouse gas emissions. Also, while Canadians have the right to know about the pollutants that are released into their environment, they don't have the right to be protected from them. With the Blue Dot Campaign, we are fighting for the Right to a Healthy Environment to be included in Canada's Constitution. It will give all Canadians, especially indigenous communities, their right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. This will also ensure that companies are held accountable, and Canada's global negative environmental impact is reduced.
Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools that can be used to inspire change. We have written many articles on our website's blog, produced several videos on our youtube channel and also created an environmental documentary to raise awareness about this cause in the media.
The most effective way that we can protect our planet, is by going into the field, volunteering and taking action. The World With MNR has participated in countless activities including shoreline and community cleanups, gardening projects, tree-planting initiatives, and more to take action in-the-field.
We have worked extensively with the girls in our village in Pakistan, and conducted workshops on environmental stewardship and sustainability. Not only have we taught the girls the importance of taking care of our planet by taking steps like not littering, but we have also done activities like tree-planting. We supported Prime Minister Imran Khan's Billion-Tree Tsunami campaign by planting 10 trees with the school girls, and taught them steps they could take to take care of them even after we came back to Canada. This initiative is conducted under the "Shine" project of The World With MNR.
We volunteer with an organic gardening initiative in our community, which plants fresh vegetables for food banks in our community. We believe that it is so important for organic gardening initiatives to be developed, so that people in our communities can get access to safe food. Our volunteer work was done with our local Blue Dot group, and we helped do tasks like weeding and harvesting. We also did a presentation about this initiative as our final project in our civics class. To engage the students, we worked with them to plant a vegetable garden at our school, and teach them about the benefits of eating organic food, not using pesticides, and adopting a vegan lifestyle.
We worked with the Blue Dot Campaign to develop a teacher's toolkit that students would learn from in Science, English and Social Science classes from Grades 7 through 12. It is so important for students to learn more about the environment within their classes, and how they can take action or get involved. We were developing the lessons alongside other teachers, Blue Dot volunteers and education experts. This curriculum was then shared by Blue Dot to teachers across the country who could use it as a resource in their classrooms. Here is the PDF file of the toolkit: