North Battleford, Saskatchewan
2nd Battleford Scout Group
By Emily Gartner, Youth Spokesperson
This Good Turn Week – April 22 to May 1st – North Battleford, Saskatchewan is going to get a valuable lesson about the effects of water pollution. And who are the teachers? Why, the local 2nd North Battleford Scout Group and a bunch yellow fish.
Yes indeed, the 2nd Battleford Scout Group will be partnering with Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road ™ program to raise awareness about water pollution. The program exists to remind, “Canadians about their responsibility to reduce storm water pollution, one of the largest sources of freshwater pollution” according to Trout Unlimited Canada’s website’s Yellow Fish Road™ Annual Reports page. This objective is vital in creating positive change for our environment, something Scouts Canada encourages greatly. The Group will also be collaborating with their city’s water utility department, which will offer access to information and permission to fully reach their objectives.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, between 9 am and 1 pm members of the Scouting and local communities will meet at the North Battleford Central Park at 13th avenue and 101st street, North Battleford. From the park, they will be doing several activities to promote care for their water supply and environment.
First and foremost, the youth will be painting yellow fish near storm drains to emphasize that all the water run-off materials will enter Canada’s lakes, rivers, and oceans, polluting them with chemicals and waste. This will serve as a constant and visible reminder to watch what we put in our water systems. The youth will also leave aquatic life-shaped informative pamphlets, called “Fish Hangers”, on doors of houses and businesses in the area, to further teach and assist their city in becoming water friendly.
According to the dedicated leaders of 2nd North Battleford, the youth have been learning all about the damage pollution does to water sheds, through use of creative methods, such as short stories. They have involved their town council and are thrilled to work with local media, spreading their message to everyone they can reach.
As pollution becomes more and more of an issue, campaigns like this are good turns to our whole society. People need to work together to fulfill the Beaver promise, to “help take care of the world”, and The Yellow Fish Road program exemplifies the efforts we all need to make towards the success of that endeavor. Our world is truly precious and needs to be protected, by all. With that in mind, in order to help paint the town yellow, protect the environment, and support other Good Turn Week events through social media with #GoodTurnWeek. And, of course, remember to do a good turn everyday.