We are Eco Dfndrs

gyanna manhas at Eco Dfndrs summer camp

Hi, I'm Gyanna. I'm an Eco Dfndr.

I am 14 years old. It is my second year at this camp and am so grateful to be able to make a change. I love to write, swim and play card games. This camp was an amazing opportunity to nurture my own ideas and meet some incredible people!


“We support those who are willing to Change!” So declare two Dfndrs after their bicycle tour where they discover how some folks on Denman Island are reducing their greenhouse gasses.

Date without water

I wrote and created this film with Nic and Taio.

In the future, water is scarce. You save the water you need for only the most important things. How does this affect young people trying to go on a date? A humorous look at a potentially frightening problem.

Now what?

You can be a DFNDR!

Environmental activists aged 12–15 are invited to apply for a one week all expenses paid Environmental Action Camp on Denman Island, BC. Spend a week creating compelling media – music, drama, documentary, and dance – all with a focus on defending the environment.

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We are Eco Dfndrs. We create, share and collaborate on ideas to get our message out. We don’t just say we care for our environment, we do more. We make films to open people’s eyes, start conversations and inspire action.

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