Earth guardians salt spring island

"The power of nature is awesome. Be kind to her!"

The Earth Guardians Salt Spring Island (EG-SSI) crew promotes eco-literacy and environmental stewardship among kids by paying attention to Nature’s patterns and learning from Nature’s wisdom. By observing how Nature solves problems, we can create life sustaining systems for a healthy environment and healthy people.

Jan and Arty Mangan, and their grandkids, Galveston and Róisín, were inspired to form an Earth Guardian crew after Jan met Xiuhtezcatl and Itzcuauhtli at the Bioneers Conference in 2014. In 2016, Roísín and Galveston had the opportunity to hang out with Xiuhtezcatl, Itzcuauhtli and their sister Tonantzin as well as with the EGNY crew at the Bioneers conference, where Jan & Galveston, accompanied by violinist extraordinaire, Richard Vagner, performed at the poetry slam hosted by Xiuhtezcatl.

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Upcoming projects!

Water is Life.

In 2017, we will be focusing on water stewardship: learning how water flows through a watershed, how to conserve water by installing rainwater catchment and grey water systems, learning about water conservation in the garden, and how to protect our precious public resource against environmental degradation and economic exploitation. All of this will be included in a hands-on workshop with first, second, and third grade students from the Salt Spring Centre School.     

Past projects!

Last Spring, EG-SSI produced a carbon workshop with the kindergarten, first, and second grade students from the Salt Spring Centre School. They planted organic fruit trees which will produce food and capture carbon from the atmosphere. The kids identified chloroplasts under a microscope and did the chloroplast dance to understand the magic and power of photosynthesis.

We created a carbon cycle education video from the activities of the day and showed it in the classroom. The classes Skyped with Xiuhtezcatl before the workshop to get inspired and then afterwards with Itzcuauhtli to share the events of the day and to perform their environmental Earth Guardian inspired rap for him.