We are Eco Dfndrs

Taio Samuel at Eco Dfndrs summer camp

Hi, I’m Taio. I’m an Eco Dfndr.

I have lived on Hornby Island my whole life. I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and in nature, and drawing. I wanted to become an Eco-DFNDR as I was excited to meet new people, learn more about the environment and develop my skills in film making. All of these things happened at camp for me and I am happy with the resulting films that we created.


A spoken word poem about the realization that by learning how to be resourceful and create my own things I’m being kinder to the environment.

Date without water

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.

This Place We Live

At camp, I got to help my friend Kalena make this music video for her original song that explores her feelings on the state of the environment.

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 stand for world peace.

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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