Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Students Speak for the Planet

04/03/19


For the first time in New Zealand is an opportunity for our children to speak for the planet. A Speak 4 The Planet student competition has been running very successfully in Australia for the last six years and is coming to Christchurch this year.


Speak 4 The Planet is a year 7 to 13 speech and art competition based on the World Environment Day theme which changes each year, where the best of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula school students will have their say in a one day event in early June. Organised by a partnership between Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch and the local branch of the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE). It is supported by SIFT (Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust) a charitable trust that funds projects that create or inspire long-term environmental benefits.


When there is so much damage done to our living planet articulate, intelligent young people are starting to speak out clearly. Greta Thunberg, a now famous sixteen year old student has powerfully told global leaders that they need to panic and has chastised adults at both the COP24 climate conference in December and the World Economic Forum in January. Greta has now inspired many young people to strike from school across Europe and the movement is spreading.


What will our Canterbrian students say? The competition no only provides a robust opportunity for our local young people to express themselves but also will be a public event so many more will hear them. Thunberg’s school strike for climate will come to Christchurch on March 15th.




“We aim to find the best students who can articulate their thoughts, opinions and ideas, celebrate and award them (yes there are some great prizes) but also then support them to share their speeches and posters to a wide audience, including public officials.” says Michelle Whitaker, who is project managing the event for Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch. “When it comes to the environment and climate change we’re not that good at listening to the facts or to the adults, so it’s time to support the young people to have their say.”


Jocelyn Paprill from NZAEE says “we really want the schools to get behind the students involvement, run mini competitions themselves and send the best to the main event. We supply all the resources and info they need to take part.”


Already over ten schools have registered their interest in taking part as well as some students who are homeschooled. “We’ve got older student leaders available to mentor participants too. It’s all about building the confidence and abilities of young people’, says Papprill who has also been involved in coordinating events for Seaweek. She also says ‘we have some really great sustainable/enviro themed prizes too but welcome further sponsorship of prizes from any businesses who are eco-minded ”.


There are also some well-known judges involved. “We’re keeping the prizes and judges under wrap for now, but they are really good!” Whitaker says. To register interest contact michelle@sustainablechristchurch.org.nz and keep up to date on Facebook @sustainablechristchurch. Final registration day is April 14th, end of term one.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government Confirms Royal Commission of Inquiry:

Friday: National Remembrance Service

A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. More>>

Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles
Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines. “An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels