Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Jack Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Avalon Regional Fair

Project: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Original Way of Life

My project looks at how people in the past wasted nothing, reused what they could and used recycling as a necessary way of life.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned that people in the old days truly used everything. Even when they had garbage that would seem useless to us, they still found a way to use it.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I have learned that because people in the past used, reused and recycled everything that they possibly could there was no need for the huge waste management facilities and recycling plants we need today. Perhaps if we followed the example of people from years ago,then we would leave our children a cleaner world than we have now.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

In my life, recycling is something you do to care for the planet. We reuse some things and recycle what we can. However, in the old days people did this out of necessity. They did not have access to large stores and, with large families to feed and clothe, they did not have the money to buy new stuff all the time. We are in a much more disposable society today.

  • Ros McKenzie

    Jack you did a great job!
    24/06/2014 7:37:13 PM

  • wanda mercer

    24/06/2014 2:11:50 PM

  • Roslyn Cooper

    Great job Jack. Very interesting
    24/06/2014 5:58:30 AM

  • Michelle (Chloe's mom)

    Great job Jack!
    23/06/2014 9:04:51 AM

  • Erin Malone

    Good job, Jack!
    23/06/2014 6:59:31 AM

  • Janice Hepditch

    22/06/2014 9:01:50 PM

  • Vieva & Bert Edison

    What a job on such an important issue! I liked it!
    22/06/2014 8:30:07 PM

  • Helen

    Outstanding job Jack. You should be really proud of this.
    22/06/2014 7:34:42 PM

  • the pike's

    Great job Jack
    22/06/2014 5:36:34 PM

  • Ann

    Awesome job. I loved your video and the song was great. I voted for you. Good luck!
    22/06/2014 9:36:48 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.