April 2024 Newsletter: What’s new at Be The Change?

Happy Earth Day! Today is a great opportunity to take a moment to connect with nature, practice gratitude, and reflect on the past few months as the seasons begin to change. The past couple months at Be The Change have been busy and rewarding, and we’d love to share some of our favourite moments with you!

Event Highlights:

Be The Change recently facilitated 2 empowering events: 

  1.  Education & Grant Coordinator, Caroline Beninger, facilitated two workshops at the Climate Action in Motion: ISABC Youth Sustainability Conference with grades 8-12. These workshops embraced an open-dialogue format, which proved effective in allowing participants to be vulnerable with each other regarding their climate change emotions.
  2. In late February, we had the privilege of running a Teen Climate Cafe alongside UBC Climate Hub at Science World in Vancouver. Here’s what our amazing volunteer Richard Wallace has to say about the experience: “The Teen Climate Cafe event not only facilitated meaningful dialogue but also left attendees feeling connected, empowered, and motivated to actively participate in initiatives driving positive change.”  

This event served as a wonderful opportunity to connect youth advocates with one another, while also providing a space to discuss climate change, its impacts, and its potential solutions. In an era of high levels of climate anxiety among young people, we’re proud to help provide spaces such as Climate Cafes and workshops where these issues can be addressed collaboratively in a positive and inspiring manner.  

BTCEA Annual General Meeting 

In other Be The Change news, we recently held our Annual General Meeting on February 22nd, and we’re thrilled to welcome our new board member, Sarah Newton, to the team! If you’re interested in learning more about our past year at BTCEA, feel free to check out our 2023 Annual Report linked here

Earth Day Celebration!

Need some inspiration for how to spend Earth Day? Here are some suggestions from our team:

  • Experience Earth’s playground. Whether that means going for a hike or simply sitting in the sunshine for a few moments, connecting with nature is a beautiful way to appreciate our planet. 
  • Knowledge is power. Spend some time watching nature documentaries, visit a local wildlife sanctuary, or pick up that environmental book that’s been collecting dust on your bookshelf.
  • Green cuisine. Challenge yourself to make a new plant-based/locally sourced recipe, and appreciate the flavours gifted to us by Mother Nature.  

Warmly,

Anna Tokunaga (she/her)
Executive Directors

I am grateful for the opportunity to live, work, play, and learn on the unceded indigenous territory of
the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples. 
I do not take this privilege and responsibility lightly.

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