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.

  • Frank

    Good work jack. Very informative. Lots of things I never knew before.
    19/06/2014 4:38:06 AM

  • Neil

    Great work!
    18/06/2014 10:49:33 PM

  • Brenda Faubert

    Way to go,Jack,
    18/06/2014 10:41:21 PM

  • Nanny Goldsworthy

    I am proud of you Jack. Love, Nanny Goldsworthy
    18/06/2014 7:05:39 PM

  • Donna Brocklehurst

    Great job Jack! I remember my Dad repairing our shoes just like you said in your video.
    18/06/2014 6:33:28 PM

  • Carol

    Keep up the good work
    18/06/2014 3:23:25 PM

  • Helen Green

    Great job Jack! Good luck!
    18/06/2014 2:01:42 PM

  • Jeff Kirk

    Great job, Jack!
    18/06/2014 11:07:06 AM

  • Julie, sassytuna

    Great job, Jack! You look so sophisticated in that salt and pepper hat...can you imagine how much items would mean to people if they reused them today as much as was done in the past? Nothing wasted!
    18/06/2014 9:45:03 AM

  • John Kirk

    A terrific video, using a variety of materials (music, interview, great visuals). Your message is well-developed, and SO relevant today. Great job, Jack!
    18/06/2014 9:06:37 AM

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  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
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