“Let’s Take Care of Aotearoa-New Zealand and the Planet”
We can all agree that this is a good idea, yet the question remains ‘How do we achieve its realisation?’
The people best suited to answer this are those most invested in its outcome. The youth of today are our future leaders, it is essential they be empowered and equipped for future challenges.
Young people from New Zealand and Vanuatu are taking up the challenge; as one youth leader said ‘The present world leaders have failed to achieve agreements for Climate Change, so now it is going to be up to us’.
An global youth environmental leadership initiative has rolled out of a hugely successful “Lets Take Care of Brazil” programme initiated by RESPONSE’ sister organisation in Brazil, involving delegates from all over the globe.
RESPONSE Trust with Enviroschools ‘ReGeneration’ programme have joined together with the UNICEF Kiwi Climate Ambassadors to offer Kiwi young leaders a fantastic and empowering opportunity to contribute to a global environmental youth leadership movement. The Kiwi Climate Ambassadors travelled to the Copenhagen Summit in 2009 and are sharing their experiences with New Zealanders.
Within Aotearoa-New Zealand RESPONSE and Enviroschools are facilitating these inspiring young people, along with a local tangata whenua representative, to disseminate information and experiences of environmental responsibility to a wider section of young leaders.
The workshops involve environmental responsibility ideas and activities, creating youth statements on Taking Care of Aotearoa-New Zealand, experiencing Climate Change talks and hearing first-hand about the Copenhagen climate negotiations from the Kiwi Climate Ambassadors.
Schools and Youth Groups have also contributed to the Lets Take Care workshops. Avondale College in Auckland is contributing to the delegation going to Brazil, and we are honoured with a contribution from Wan Smolbag Theatre, an acclaimed Ni-Vanuatu community education institute (www.wansmolbag.org). This has been arranged through the Across Oceania programme of RESPONSE.
At the end of this month, (27-30th of May) a national youth leadership meeting will be held at Te Mauri Tau in Raglan. Young leaders will come together to pool their lessons and experiences, synthesise their documents into a national Charter and also make a DVD presentation.
This Charter and DVD, along with a ‘Lets Take Care of Vanuatu’ statement and DVD of a specially created play from Wan Smolbag Theatre, will be carried by a small delegation to the ‘Lets Take Care of the Planet’ youth forum in Brazil.
These will contribute to the international ‘Lets Take Care of the Planet’ Charter: a document of youth aspirations and suggestions for a better world.
Following the national and international meetings, a resource package including posters, information and DVDs will be distributed to local schools to promote and inspire youth leadership in environmental responsibility.