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.

  • Alison Trask

    Great job!!
    17/06/2014 6:18:58 PM

  • Cyndy Stead

    Way to Go Jack. Scary that the 1950s were the olden days but a very good connection between then and now.
    17/06/2014 5:24:44 PM

  • Elizabeth

    Way to go Jack! Great job!
    17/06/2014 4:44:43 PM

  • Rosemary Pittman

    Congratulations Jack on a wonderful video...great job!
    17/06/2014 3:39:41 PM

  • Kerri Walsh

    Awesome Jack! Your class really enjoyed your video! Good Luck!!!
    17/06/2014 12:35:09 PM

  • Melony

    Really good video, Jack! My neighbour's turned the boards on their house "inside out" if the wood was still in decent shape. Some people still reuse building materials!
    17/06/2014 9:45:10 AM

  • Kerri Walsh

    Awesome Jack! Our class really enjoyed watching and learning! Congratulations and good luck!
    17/06/2014 6:52:22 AM

  • Luke

    Awesome video! I didn't know people used ashes from the fire to make soap! Cool stuff!! — Luke B - 2014 Young Citizen
    10/06/2014 2:57:44 PM

  • Victoria Jackman

    Congratulations Jack on this job very well done, I truly enjoyed watching! — Victoria J - 2012 Young Citizen
    10/06/2014 12:30:09 PM

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