Students Advocate For The Environment At Bracebridge Council
Bracebridge town councillors recently heard from a pair of local high school students who are looking to make a difference when it comes to the environment.
Kelsey Smith and Lindsay Puchula are Grade 11 students at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School. The pair attended the most recent Bracebridge council meeting to discuss what can be done locally when it comes to community awareness of the environment and the promotion of green and reusable products.
The students said the quality of the environment in Muskoka is a huge part of the tourism industry that fuels our economy. They said they’re currently doing what they can to encourage residents and businesses in Muskoka to lower the amount of waste they are producing and help minimize their impact on the environment.
They also discussed how they are using social media and contacting members of the local business community in an effort to help reduce the carbon footprint of the area by encouraging the use of eco-friendly products and reducing our reliance on single-use plastic items.
Coun. Rick Maloney said he was particularly interested in the topic of commercial composting, which the students said they have discussed with local grocery stores. Maloney said the District of Muskoka is currently facing major challenges when it comes to waste diversion and he suggested the students attend a District of Muskoka meeting to speak with councillors there.