Earth Guardians Salt Spring Island, produced a half-day workshop, which they titled “In Celebration of Food,” with the Swans and Herons of the Salt Spring Centre School (1st – 4th graders). The event shared the student’s experience with food, planted cover crops–phacelia, alyssum, and buckwheat–to enhance soil fertility and attract beneficial insects. They visited a beekeeper to learn about the fascinating life and critical role of pollinators, as well as milled wheat berries into flour to make pizza, and collectively created a mandala of gourds, seeds, shells and plants to celebrate food, health and our connection to the environment. This event was multigenerational ranging in ages 5-75, consisting of children, parents, grandparents and teachers!
Kiribati – There are 33 low-lying coral atolls of Kiribati that straddle the equator; have a total land area of 849 sq km and a population of about 110,000. According to Pelenise Alofa, Coordinator of the Kiribati Climate Action Network; “Kiribati Is Water Land”. The coral atolls are just some 3 meters above sea level except for Banaba which is a raised island.
As an organization, Earth Guardians encourages Youth leaders to show up with authenticity and let authenticity inspire our work. Earth Guardian’s work is anchored in these three qualities, authenticity, spirit, and family or community, and these qualities are the reason we have affected the change that we have. Tamara, our Executive Director, envisioned Earth Guardians out of a recurring dream she had of hundreds of thousands of youth collaborating and pouring into the streets, together. With this vision, she began the Earth Guardians school in 1992, in Maui, Hawaii.