To commemorate Earth Day this year, the Dawoodi Bohras of Mississauga organized the Earth Day Challenge, an initiative aimed to encourage environmental stewardship and awareness among the 400-family-strong community. Community members of various ages and abilities submitted photos of their participation in one of the following three categories:
- Creative Arts: A photo, painting, or any other creative expression of nature, sustainability, or the environment.
- Activities: A photo or statement of an activity that they had started to protect the environment and live more sustainably.
- Upcycling: A photo of how they were breathing new life and purpose into household items.
Between April 7 and April 22, 2021, the Earth Day Challenge received over 20 submissions spanning all three categories; from avid gardening to using pop cans as yard ornaments, the participants showed their creativity and care for our Earth.
The Dawoodi Bohras of Mississauga hope to make the Earth Day Challenge an annual event and expand to more participants who may again get the opportunity to show their passion for protecting the Earth.
Below are the names and submissions of the winners:
- Munira, who created a planter by using an empty dishwasher soap container
- Samina, who used homemade compost and proven methods to grow vegetables in the winter
- Imtiyaz, who upcycled leftover hardwood and laminate pieces to make an instrument
- Qasim, who upcycled empty sofa cans to create an outdoor ornament
- Adam, who upcycled used toilet paper rolls to make planters