About The Otesha Project

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The Otesha Project is a national youth-led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage and empower Canadians of all ages to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world.

Everyday, the choices we make can and do impact other people and the planet. Our actions have tremendous potential to create positive change. By building community, engaging as citizens, being conscientious consumers and using resources wisely, we can create the kind of world we’d like to live in.

 "We support the work of the Otesha Project and feel that this organization provides today's youth with great role models who have already taken action toward creating a sustainable future."
The David Suzuki Foundation

Our Vision is to see sustainable consumption and lifestyle choices enter the mainstream of Canadian culture.

Our Mission is to mobilize and equip Canadians to create local and global change through their individual and collective choices.

To date, The Otesha Project has connected with over 165,000 Canadians through our creative and energizing performances, workshops, and keynote presentations, and trained over 500 sustainability advocates through our unique cycling tour program.

 "Thanks once again for your wonderful presentation yesterday. You really showed us that not only your project was amazing, but that yourself are amazing people!"
Genevieve Talbot - Canadian Commission for UNESCO

We seek to fulfill our mission through four main programs:

Educational Cycling and Outreach Tours

Ranging in length from 9 days to 2 months, these velo adventures bring together volunteers to live as a mobile sustainable community, learning about different issues relation to environmental sustainability and social justice, and delivering Otesha’s brand of funky eco-education to schools and community groups.

 

Keynotes and Workshops

Dynamic workshops and keynote presentations which touch on themes of consumption in Canada and the choices that individuals can make to make a more a more positive impact on the planet and other people.

 

The Otesha Book: From Junk to Funk!

A colourful and quirky book that chronicles the stories of six different people as they recognize the connection they have to different consumer products and the impact their purchases make on the world around them. Offering tips and solutions, this book focuses on six key issues: water, food, transportation, media, clothing and coffee. 

 

Hopeful High School Hooligans

Groups of high school students that learn the Otesha play to perform in their own communities and take on different projects to address environmental impacts at their schools and neighbourhoods.

 

Otesha’s programs focus on re-evaluating our daily choices to reflect the kind of future we'd like to see - rethinking what we really need, conserving resources, and voting with our consumer, citizen and community power.