Posted by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 05-07-2014

As our first entry in Panasonic Canada's Kid Witness News Contest, the kids of THRIVE created Talking Trash in 2007.

While not currently available online, this film got us out into the community over and over again. We met all sorts of people involved in the field of learning to handle our waste in a more environmentally-responsible manner. We toured Vancouver's landfill in Delta and the Waste To Energy plant in Burnaby. We interviewed political leaders in Vancouver and Surrey and met a number of other environmental advocates, too.

In many ways, this film began to set the stage for what would become THRIVE's unique approach to environmental film-making. The kids researched and wrote the script, conducted the interviews and did all of the filming, with encouragement but very little direct adult support. What appeared on screen reflects their understanding of the topic!

Talking Trash was presented with a Youth Achievement Award from the Recycling Council of BC and was even shown on the big screen in the Vancity International Film Center in downtown Vancouver in front of a huge crowd of invited guests.