It was a day filled with fun, learning and lots of responsibility for some environmentally minded Alberta students. The group headed to the province’s capital knowing that they were in for a whirlwind adventure as the winners of the 2015 Environment and Parks Minister for the Day Program.
The twelve honorary ministers hailing from Sedgewick, Spruce Grove, Airdrie, Siksika, Fort McMurray, Cold Lake, Innisfail, Irvine, Beaumont, Morley, Sherwood Park and Tomahawk enjoyed an action-packed day that started with a tour of the Legislature, a nature hike in Capilano Park and a barbecue with Minister Phillips. The minister was very interested in the insights the students offered about issues currently affecting our environment and potential solutions.
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“ The most important thing I learned today is that the environment is more than just trees, it’s everything around us and it’s important to look after all of it.”– Clay Cutter, Minister (for the day) of Environment and Parks, Chief Old Sun School, Siksika, Alberta
For the students, this was an unforgettable once-in-a lifetime experience. These young stewards were able to participate in some of the vital activities it takes to manage and protect our land, water and air and discovered how everything we do can affect our environment in either a positive or negative way.
The job doesn’t stop here for these mighty ministers! It’s now their responsibility to take their new found knowledge and share it will their friends, family and schools. Who knows, they may even become Ministers of Environment and Parks…in a few years.