It is a simple yet important change for Becca Williams.
The 17 year old has started riding her bicycle to Unionville’s Bill Crothers Secondary School after being inspired by a trip to Copenhagen last month.
“There are more bikes than cars. It is insane. The city and architecture are beautiful,” she said. “The bike movement is really inspiring. It is inspiring me to bike every day.”
Her parents used to drive her all of the way to school. Now, she plans to get dropped off part of the way there.
Becca earned the Oct. 24 to 29 Copenhagen trip as a prize for winning Environmental Defence’s first-ever Litter Less competition.
The Litter Less program is part of an international project from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). FEE is a non-government, non-profit organization promoting sustainable development through environmental education and is made up of member organizations from 58 countries around the world. Environmental Defence is the member organization from Canada.
Launched last year, The Litter Less program is aimed at Canadian youth 12 to 18 on the issues of litter and to encourage them to make positive choices for the environment. National winners receive an opportunity to compete at an international level. 
For her submission, Becca created a video about going vegan and how it is an environmentally-friendly lifestyle choice. Her video not only won in Canada, but went on to receive a top award internationally.
Becca, who is now in Grade 12, became a vegetarian in Grade 10.
A year later, she became vegan, a kind of vegetarian diet that also excludes eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients.
She decided to go vegan rather than vegetarian because she wanted to do more to help animals and the environment.
During Becca’s visit to Copenhagen, she along with three other students and two teachers from Canada, received mentoring from communications professionals, visited a waste management educational facility and heard a keynote speech from the founder of a global litter movement.
Becca sums up the trip with one word — “awesome”.
One of the trip’s highlights was creating a video as a group, she said. The video demonstrated what students had learned about different perspectives on litter.
She outlined the other highlights: Getting to know like-minded people and students from different countries and interacting with people who care about the environment.
Becca is creating a video for her school’s broadcast course, a wrap-up of the trip.
“It will get people excited about the environment and entering contests,” she said.
Becca is already looking to the future, planning her next endeavour. Environmental Defence has announced its Canada’s Next Green Journalist contest and she wants to enter.
It is an annual competition looking for inspired stories, photographs and videos about local environmental issues.
Becca is not finished with Copenhagan either.
“I am definitely going back, she said. “I could see myself living in Copenhagan.”
In fact, she wants to go to every country she has heard about from the other students on the trip.–copenhagen-trip-inspires…