Young environmentalist gets to meet her hero

Asha Mior in roundtable with David Suzuki

Ladner teenager Asha Mior took part in a roundtable discussion with David Suzuki last month in Toronto with nine other young environmentalists.

Mior said it was very interesting to meet Suzuki, an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster well known for hosting the Nature of Things TV show on CBC.

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"If you've ever watched the Nature of Things, it's interesting that he's exactly the same in person as he is on TV," said Mior, who referred to Suzuki as one of her heroes on her blog, Asha for the World (www.aftw.net).

Mior applied to attend the event, which was part of the Planet In Focus film festival, and took place at the University of Toronto.

She noted each participant asked a question with her query being: How can we encourage the Canadian government to stop fracking?

She also said it was inspiring to meet other young environmentalists.

Mior is a Grade 9 student at Little Flower Academy in Vancouver.

She's also a filmmaker. She produced an entry titled Air Pollution: Toxins in Car Exhaust last spring for the EduTOX video challenge and won top overall English video in the country.

On top of a $1,400 grant, she was invited to go to Ottawa, where she met members of different environmental organizations and several MPs.

She said her next film project will be on the decreasing bee population.

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