New Brunswick: Keegan Kelly, 11, doesn’t want to leave “this generation’s mess for the next one”

Keegan Kelly, 11, planning 160-km walk for the environment

The boy even requested that any media looking to meet with him had to walk to the interview

CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2015 9:02 AM AT Last Updated: Jun 21, 2015 1:09 PM AT

An 11-year-old New Brunswick boy is trying to change the world one step at a time.

Keegan Kelly says people depend on their cars too much and it’s unhealthy for drivers and the environment.

Next week, he will try to walk 160 kilometres in five days, all the way to Sussex, where he will visit his grandmother.

Keegan Kelly

For the past few months, the Fredericton boy has been avoiding getting into a car, unless he absolutely has to. “Because I don’t want to leave this generation’s mess for the next one,” said Kelly.

Keegan Kelly, 11, refuses to ride in cars unless he absolutely has to. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

“Just to get people to use their cars less and walk more,” said Kelly.

For the past few months, the Fredericton boy has been avoiding getting into a car, unless he absolutely has to.

“Because I don’t want to leave this generation’s mess for the next one,” said Kelly.

His mother, Jennifer Dickison, says that she will be accompanying Kelly during his walk.

“I guess he never really asked me. He just said he wanted to do it and I felt like, ‘It was a really great thing for him to be willing to do.’ And as his mother, I feel protective of him so I obviously wasn’t going to let him do it by himself,” she said.

Kelly began receiving donations for the walk and he plans to donate all of the money to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Kelly requested that any media personnel who wanted to interview him would have to walk to meet with him, a 10-kilometre trek round trip. However, he did agree to meet the CBC reporter halfway.

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