Gabriel     

To me, a better world means:
To me, a better world is a world is where we fundamentally understand how to live in symbiosis with our environment. A world where the fear of the unknown does not exist. A world where conglomerates of a population have mutual respect for the cultural differences that exist within it. A world where the mass can hold accountable the leaders representing them but also chooses to follow and respect those who dare to go foward.

What is the trigger, the event that led to me wanting to make the world a better place:
I think that the desire to make a world a better place was always in me, I just had the chance to have the resilience to keep on believing that it was achievable.


Walter     

To me, a better world means:
When I was in school (a long, long time ago) I was part of the Environmental Club. This meant that after school, we would go around emptying paper bins for recycling and scouting for things to improve in the school for the better of the environment. Back then, in 1991, the environmental credo was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. This credo still exists but it seems to me today that the be all and end all of “mass environmentalism” is all about recycle. The credo though, has a different meaing. Reduce. Reduce what you use, what you want what you “need”. Be conscious of your decisions and the impact of what you buy and consume. Reuse. Reuse whatever you can. Repair something instead of throwing it away and getting something new. Buy something second hand instead of new. Only then, when the first 2 steps have been taken, does the “recycle” come into effect. A better world means being conscious of the decisions we make as consumers, and acting accordingly. 1991 to 2018 and beyond.

What is the trigger, the event that led to me wanting to make the world a better place:
Seeing the amount of flotsam and jetsam, plastic and otherwise which gets washed ashore along coastlines.


Manon

My vision of a better world is:
A world that is more aware of the impact of people’s actions. Taking the time every day to stop and appreciate what’s around us. Little by little, choosing to take actions that help reduce suffering of all living things, starting with ourselves and those around us.


Véronic

The event that prompted my action towards a better world:
I grew up near the mountains, surrounded by nature, and since childhood, I realized the importance of protecting our planet and its natural resources. When I was in elementary school, I remember raising awareness and talking to my parents about recycling. I would make sketch pads with sheets of paper that were already used on one side. I was very careful with my stuff so I could use them as long as possible, and if I accidentally broke a toy, I would ask my grandfather to fix it for me instead of buying a new one. When we ran errands and I was asked if I wanted anything, I would usually say: “No, thanks. I don’t need anything.’’

As I grew up, I was increasingly interested in different cultures from around the world and I wanted to explore our planet and its people. I started out by visiting Western Canada when I was 17, and the year after, I went backpacking through Central America. When I set foot in Costa Rica, that’s when it hit me: the gap between rich and poor, the squalor, and the amount of littering (on the beach, in the water, in the streets, in green spaces). I remember seeing a mother throw out a plastic container from the window of a bus, right in front of her children. I came face to face with my values and convictions and that’s when I said to myself: I have to work in education to try to do my part to change things.

After a few trips and international cooperation internships in developing countries, I went to Australia during my studies and that’s when I chose my plan: do a master’s degree in environmental management so that I would learn everything I needed to know about the sustainability of our world. Already in 2004, the Australians had implemented measures to save water and reuse goods. This greatly inspired me to initiate change. Since then, through all my projects, I try to contribute and create a momentum within society that will allow us to preserve our resources for the long term. I am convinced that with the will and action of many, we will succeed in changing things. Not just through words, but meaningful action!

”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (Gandhi)


Sophie

My vision of a better world is:
A world where humanity’s only concern is to live in peace and harmony by taking care of people and our planet. A world where we hear about solutions rather than problems!


Claudine

My actions towards a better world are:
To recycle, buy local products, stop eating red meat and limit my purchases of electronics.


Nancy

My actions towards a better world are:
To contribute to a better world, I do simple things on a daily basis that help reduce my impact on the environment. I share my ideas and values with with friends and family, and over the past few years, I really feel like I’m contributing to change. It’s an ongoing process and everyone can do it. Each in his own way, one action at a time. Becoming more aware, more accountable, and acting accordingly: that’s what will help heal the planet.


Louis-Patrick

My actions towards a better world are:
I am involved in my community, I practice what I preach, and I propmote the fact that small local changes are the cornerstone of all big global movements.


Éléonore

The event that prompted my action towards a better world:
When I was very young, I used to go for long walks in the forest with my aunt. That’s where she initiated me to all the beauty and complexity of the ecosystem. She was one of the first ecology graduates in Quebec City in the 60s. At my house, my mom, cooked with organic food and worked on sustainable development projects in local municipalities. So for me, acting and living this way was not a choice, it was just normal and obvious! I was an activist at heart, I even remember circulating a petition against acid rain in elementary school. Already, at that age, I was outraged at the generalized lack of action regardng these new environmental challenges. And when my first child was bord, my concern for all these issues reached a whole new level. I felt a sense of urgency to act, and the threats seemed bigger.

My entire life, both academic and professional, is marked by these values and concerns over the impact we have on the world, the importance of the common good and the perennity of living systems. I studied sustainable design and started a doctorate to better understand the role of this discipline in establishing a new paradigm, true long-term sustainability. I still get furious when I see that society and industry is still resisting and not taking these new realities under consideration, but I have decided to take action anyway. I make personal choices that are aligned with my beliefs, and I am working towards making a difference, even if my contribution seems modest. Every little bit helps, and one this is for sure, together, we can make it happen!


Lorraine

My vision of a better world is:
A world where everyone has an equal opportunity to live and grow in a healthy physical and social environment fostering values such as solidarity, equality, mutual aid and sustainability.

My actions towards a better world are:
Buy products that are organic and fair-trade. Work towards implementing programs that aim to educate citizens , incite their commitment, and promote ways to better live together, starting from a very young age.