3 of our students, along with Science teacher, Marian Hansen, spent a week with students from a number of other schools (Gisborne, Kaikoura and Canterbury ) investigating and learning about 'the water, the lake and sustainability'
This is the 2nd year of this programme - looking at the water issue in the region. Led by Jocelyn Papprill - youth engagement advocate.
Lincoln Uni made their facilities available to the students for the week. They along with CPIT and the UC mentors have provided invaluable support. Ngai Tahu, Untouched World and eCan also contributed to the collaborative nature of the project.
Over the week over 500 trees were planted around the waterways.
Discussed the issues of dams on NZ rivers, including the problem of the lack of silt flow revitalising the coastline; the decline of eel (tuna) and the free flow water algae production.
Is this our future?
Great visual on what water quality might ( or might not!!) look like.
Message : young people need to get involved in local bodies and councils - for example Hamish Keown.
Team Jess and Lucy
The history and importance of Te Waihora to local iwi cannot be underestimated.
Message: The urgency of the need to create sustainable farming practices.
Use you imagination - what we have could soon be gone.
Educate, Activate, Facilitate - Youth Voice for Nature - educate the youth to activate action and facilitate change. Engage youth by using social media - easy access - as is radio.
Aim: music festivals to promote change in order to create a sustainable environment
Team We Are G
The message of starting school in their own school - Gisborne Girls' High - beginning with an Enviroment Council was one the girls had learnt from the Canterbury schools' models.
Social media is away forward for many of the teams. But using the traditional stick game as a way of passing on the message.
The challenge for the team is building knowledge around the erosion of the beaches.
How many regions will have to face the same problems before action is taken?
Created a short film to show the challenges they had overcome during the week - in order to share the knowledge and message 'take action'
Message: nature needs a voice
Today we saw a snapshot of their learning - the tip of the iceberg! A group of great young leaders in the making.