Increasing environmental awareness

Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill, passed a motion on March 1st in the legislature that will increase secondary school student awareness and education about the importance of environmental conservation for future generations.

The motion will also encourage and educate youth about the benefits of ecological initiatives such as the Provincial Day of Action on Litter and other volunteer programs.

Kanapathi learned about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment from his father and hopes that this motion will help to pass these same lessons down to today’s youth.

“As a farmer’s son, I carry these important lessons from my father in my heart each day, and it was with him and our future generations in mind that I brought this motion forward,” Kanapathi said

Kanapathi has long been a supporter of environmental stewardship, creating several parks in Ward 7, supporting the Adopt-a-Park program in Markham, organizing Markham’s textile and clothing recycling program, and initiating a sustainable organic home and community garden to promote food sustainability during his time as a Markham city councillor.

The motion received unanimous support from all parties in the legislature. It will build on the government’s current efforts to address climate change and promote a greener Ontario, while equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to take on environmental issues as Ontario’s next generation of leaders and environmental stewards.

Motion 140: That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should increase student awareness and education about the importance of conservation for future generations and the benefits of ecological initiatives such as planting trees and protecting air, water, and land through opportunities including student volunteer hours and taking part in the Provincial Day of Action on Litter.

 

Photo: MPP Logan Kanapathi learned about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment from his father who was a farmer.

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