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Next generation passion for the environment

The 2018-19 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards got off to a great start with Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage MP as guest speaker at the launch.

The awards are held every two years to showcase businesses or community projects that are good for the environment. MRC is a co-sponsor with Plant & Food Research of the Supreme Award.

For the Environmental Sustainability class of the Marlborough Girls College it was a timely opportunity to attend.

“We are very impressed with the work the students have been doing investigating the almost 50-year-old Marine Reserves Act and their plea for marine protected areas”, says MRC CE Gerald Hope.

The students came away inspired after meeting such a diverse group of scientists and enthusiasts who have come together for the same purpose and have decided to enter two categories.

Their research into environmental concerns has already been referred to as inspirational by Prime Minister Jacinta Adern and the Conservation Minister.

It was during the launch that the students realised the impact their class work is having. This is a great example of the next generation getting involved and being politically active at a local level. We wish them well with their entries.

The awards are open to any business, community group or individual in Marlborough. Judges are looking for entrants who protect and enhance the environment and use resources and energy efficiently. If you know of a project that fits the category please encourage them to enter.

The awards entry process closes end of September. To enter please go to https://www.cmea.org.nz/enter-now

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