Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Moving to a new country is no easy feat. As an immigrant myself there were so many questions I had when I first moved here. That was twenty years how time flies! Scary. Anyhow, in my quest to find great people to feature on A Greener Toronto, I had the great fortune of meeting Yuga Juma Onziga. 

He is a Ugandan refugee who runs a non-for-profit organization called the Environmental Centre for New Canadians or ECENECA. This organization has one purpose; to teach new Canadians how to foster environmental stewardship here at home. 

The organization was founded in 1993 with the aim of educating, empowering and providing leadership to new Canadians, refugees, visible minorities, and marginalized communities in becoming involved in the conservation, enhancement and protection of Canada's natural environment. 

For the last 15 years, they have been providing settlement services, conducting educational workshops and seminars on a wide range of environmental, health and crime prevention issues, planting native trees in parks and along the Don and Humber Rivers, conducting clean ups of parks and ravines, as well as learning tours of natural environments. 

I love this organization, its a way for new Canadiana to feel at home and learn about the importance of conservation. Growing up in South Africa, we did not have the abundance of resources so readily available to us like we do here in Canada. 

It's easy to forget that even though there is an abundance of resources here, we must still conserve, after all, our resources won't last forever. 

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