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All of 13,this kid is already spreading environmental message through volunteering

india Updated: Jul 30, 2012 17:26 IST
Gurinder Gill
Gurinder Gill
Hindustan Times
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He is a committed "Green Agent" passionate about paving the way to a brighter, greener future for all. Harnoor Gill wants to be a role model for the youth by setting an example which clearly shows that 'if I can do it you can do it too!'.

While the other children of his age remain busy watching TV and playing video games in their spare time, this youth has a purpose and that is to spread a message through his exemplary volunteering.

The avid volunteer Harnoor Gill, lives in Georgetown, Ontario, where he arrived with his family in 2002. In addition to being a biodiversity advocate, from the young age of 3, has been an avid volunteer in his community.

Over the years, he has volunteered in many locations such as the town of Halton Hills, Willow Park Ecology Centre, Halton Children's Aid Society, Conservation Halton, and Credit Valley Conservation, to name a few.

A student in Ontario at Stewarttown Middle School, Harnoor Gill can count dozens of organisations and events where he has volunteered for more than 1,000 hours providing support to his community.

At 13, he probably has more volunteering experience than people twice his age.

His interests and hobbies include a variety of things which he really enjoys. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, travelling and most importantly staying involved in volunteering.

He loves music, hip hop and basketball. His hobbies include volunteering, reading, writing, travelling and learning new things.

Harnoor has been a member of the "Recycling Club" since Kindergarten.

He applied and shared his experience through his articles for EcoKids of Earth Day Canada where his six articles have been published about the activities that have been going on at the park to encourage others to think about the environment and at the same time to volunteer for the best.

He had also received the 2011 Young Conservationist Award from the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and "Canada's Top 15 under 15" recognition by the national magazine.

Founder of Jean Green Drive, a non-profit initiative of action-oriented volunteers that does much work to collect gently used jeans to donate, says Gill, "I wouldn't be receiving the award without help from the community".

He even travelled from Canada to India speaking to tens of thousands of Indians and influencing some of Canada's most powerful business executives, politicians and entertainers.

He also started a cross-globe campaign to raise awareness about the environment and to encourage humanity to become environment friendly and use our natural resources wisely.

"My message to the youth is that our community needs you. Together we can play an important role in building this amazing planet for the future," said Harnoor.