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.

  • Jerry Bannister

    Great job, Jack!! From your Halifax cousins.
    10/07/2014 5:08:52 PM

  • Rhonda Power

    Great work Jack!
    10/07/2014 3:30:20 PM

  • Patrick Handrigan 2014 Young Citizen

    Wow! Such a fantastic video Jack! I didn’t know that you could make soap out of ashes from a wood stove! That’s really cool! I also loved the interview with your neighbour! It was really cool to find out that her father used to bring home nails from when the airport was being built back in the 40s! You did an amazing job! Best of luck to you!

    — Patrick H – 2014 Young Citizen

    10/07/2014 2:17:20 PM

  • Maggie Pittman

    Great job Jack! Good luck!
    09/07/2014 7:33:53 AM

  • Catherine French

    Excellent message. Good for you!
    08/07/2014 6:45:51 PM

  • Dylan Donald 2014 Young Citizen

    Great video. We should learn to use and reuse products better to keep the earth clean for the next generation. Good work!

    — Dylan D – 2014 Young Citizen

    07/07/2014 2:56:04 PM

  • Sherry

    Great job Jack...I really enjoyed the video
    07/07/2014 7:47:00 AM

  • Mike

    Well done.
    05/07/2014 7:11:02 AM

  • bernice hickman

    Good work Jack and good luck
    04/07/2014 2:40:10 PM

  • Ronald Saint

    Good Job, Well Done
    04/07/2014 7:30:57 AM

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