On Wednesday, Ben, Lulu and Lena participated in the Sustainable Development Goals information and workshop morning.
We heard about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are and how they apply to Aotearoa. Here is a cool little video about them and there are plenty more on the Global Goals Youtube Channel.
The morning started with a presentation of the UN 17 Goals.
Then Sam Judd, co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines, talked about their action for water and land around New Zealand. He told a very compelling story about what he found in drains!
The No Waste Nomads, Liam and Hannah, discussed how they live happily without generating any rubbish at all! And the many ways we can reduce the rubbish we create.
Then there were two workshops where we were asked to draw Wanaka as it would look like in 2050 when we will be following the 17 Sustainable Development goals. Lots of solar panels, buses, bikes and parks!
Then we were tasked to choose two goals and look for solutions to solve them both at the same time. This was difficult! The goals we choose were Climate change (Goal 13) and Life under water (Goal 14). Solutions included:
- putting filters/meshes on the drains so that rubbish doesn’t go in lakes, rivers and oceans
- Harvesting plastic from oceans – and do new things with the harvested plastic
- Stopping to make and use plastic
- recycling all plastics
The hardest was maybe to collaborate which is goal “17 PARTNERSHIP”!
We then wrote our pledge on the pledge banter which is:
So we have emailed Sam from Sustainable Coastline to ask for help to do that.
Overall a very interesting and inspiring morning.
Thank you ONE NEW ZEALAND for putting together this big event and inviting us.