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The Hon. Charlie  Watt, O.Q. Appointed to the Senate by the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Senator Charlie Watt represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Inkerman.

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Statement made on 09 June 2011 by Senator Grant Mitchell

Hon. Grant Mitchell:

Honourable senators, I rise today to commend the work of a learning initiative called DeforestAction.

The DeforestAction initiative is a collaborative project that uses social media to increase awareness among youth around the world regarding the important issue of deforestation. Since the project began last year, the initiative has worked with the "Taking IT Global" social network and Microsoft, which has allowed it to reach over 100,000 students.

The goal of DeforestAction is to get one million young people involved in protecting vulnerable forests. One of the program's huge successes was the construction of the Dome Tree, which will be a key feature of a new orangutan sanctuary for the orangutans of Borneo. Ten young people will be able to live there and monitor the local ecosystem. The project includes other interactive initiatives, among them one that will allow students to monitor forests remotely using satellite images.

The ultimate goal of the DeforestAction initiative is to empower youth and to encourage young people to communicate with each other. In order to find solutions to complex, intergenerational problems like climate change, we need all the energy of youth.

I want especially to thank Abraham Almaouie for making me aware of this project. This high school leader is taking part in the program with 10 other students from the Queen Elizabeth Secondary School in Edmonton. The director of the Centre for Global Education at that school, Terry Godwaldt, also deserves a special mention for his boundless enthusiasm for his work as a teacher and for encouraging young people to take action.

Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

First Nations Control of First Nations Education Bill

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Lillian Eva Dyck | Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words about this motion. I am definitely in support of it. The idea of a First Nations education act is critically important to the welfare of First Nations across Canada, and especially to our young people.

Income Inequality

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette | What does the government intend to do to learn from the financial crisis, reduce wealth inequality, and follow the lead of other jurisdictions that have started to rein in compensation that has nothing to do with the productivity of the people who earn the average salary of a Canadian in half a day?

Broadcast of Senate Proceedings

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchelll | What is the leader's personal opinion about televising the Senate?

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Art Eggleton | That was supported unanimously in the Senate, so I take it, senator, that you would be willing to now advance this idea to the government.

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator James Cowan | My question is: Will this government put National Pharmacare on the agenda?
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