November 2021 Newsletter - Top 30 Under 30 Award + Completed Rain Garden!


BTCEA Executive Director Recognized as Top 30 Sustainability Leader Under 30

We are thrilled to announce our Executive Director, George Radner, was recognized by Corporate Knights magazine as one of Canada’s Top 30 Sustainability Leaders Under 30

Message from George:

“I am humbled by this recognition, but my work has always been team-based, not individual. This award belongs to the team of dedicated, diverse staff at Be the Change who’ve empowered over 15,000 students and 1,100 teachers in the last two years through action-oriented workshops, learning resources and mentorship programs. ”

Are you excited about Be the Change’s growing impact in BC schools and communities? You can help us continue to empower thousands of youth through a tax-deductible donation! Donations before Giving Tuesday (Nov 30) will be MATCHED by generous donors! 

Climate education and action are needed now more than ever. With extreme weather linked to climate change increasingly affecting our communities, youth today are genuinely scared for their futures. But it’s not too late to help youth overcome their climate anxiety and take meaningful action to avert the worst of the climate crisis!  Chip in $5, $25, or $100 to empower youth climate leaders!

Youth for Community Rain Gardens!

This fall, Be the Change has been supporting an incredible group of youth at Reality Church in Vancouver to create a  Rain Garden! Rain Gardens are gardens designed with plants that are great at absorbing water. They help prevent urban pollutants such as fertilizers, litter, and tailpipe toxins from entering local waterways through rainwater run-off, and essentially act as a natural storage and water filter that helps protect the health of local freshwater species and ecosystems! 

With the help and guidance by our friends at Cougar Creek Streamkeepers, we worked in collaboration with the youth to dig, root, and plant a Rain Garden on Reality Church’s site in East Vancouver. 

As we were planting the Rain Garden, a rain storm flooded the Reality Church building and the youth saw first hand the effects of climate change on our communities. This event demonstrates the importance of this project, as Rain Gardens help capture and store stormwater run-off that flows from impervious urban surfaces like roads and roofs. 

Our Rain Garden at Reality Church was officially completed November 7th, 2021. The young plants will grow as they absorb water over the coming months. Next year, Be the Change will be working with a new cohort of youth to develop a Rain Garden at Richmond Presbyterian Church!

Photo of Reality Church's youth group working on the Rain Garden.
Photo of the rain garden in action during the recent rain storm.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!


Shalen Chen,
Environmental Justice Education & Resource Coordinator

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