MAC Strike 4 Climate Action

At meeting today, it was decided that Team Green students organize the Schools Strike for Climate here in Wanaka on Friday 15th March. It is a worldwide event led by students to ask for climate action.

  • We are striking to improve our future, or people in future generations may not have grass, plants, clean air…
  • We are striking because climate change is such a big problem, we need to take action now.
  • We are asking politicians to hear us out and to consider the chance of change.
  • We are asking when the college will stop using coal.

Team Green is organizing a march, we’ll meet at 1.20pm on Friday 15th March in front of the college and walk down to the town centre and the lake front. We think education is hugely important but we will voluntarily not attend period 5 as we strike to take action for climate change. We’ll walk up back to the college at 2.45pm to be on time to catch buses.

Mr Bosley, Mount Aspiring College Principal, has agreed for the event to take place and students to participate as long as their parents/caretakers give them authorization. A letter and form has been sent to all parents and must be completed before participating in the event.Wanaka Climate March Thierry Huet


We pledge…

At the occasion of the World Enviro Day quizz, we invited each whanau to pledge for an action for the environment. The results are lovely:

  • We are going to plant a whanau apple tree and care for it in our whanau for the next years
  • Each of us pledge that we will not create any waste during whanau
  • Each of us commits to turn off lights when they are not needed for the rest of our college lives. Starting new habits, we can continue on for the rest of our lives.
  • We are all committed to recycling all materials that are able to recycleMac Team Green Round logo
  • Walk to school
  • Commit to paper recycling : Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Yeah IBN Green Gangstas
  • We will look after the courtyard outside our whanau room in an attempt to reduce the litter at MAC
  • We commit to switching off appliances to reduce standby power
  • We will all take shorter showers
  • We commit to reduce our electricity usage by switching all appliances off
  • Each of us commits to pick up one piece of rubbish each day and put it in bin, for all college life
  • Our pledge is to plant 1 tree for every whanau member & video footage
  • PWL may be gold but we are keen to turn our gold into lots more green → Bike, walk, switch off lights, go with Team green to make things right
  • Switch off lights when not needed & care for plants and animals

We will follow up on these… These actions can really make a difference, specially on a large scale and long term…

We, as Team Green, pledged to help each whanau plant a tree, our next action 😉

World Enviro Day Competition

In term 2, we have been busy organizing an awareness-raising event, at the occasion of the World Enviro day. We created a 20 questions quiz and gave it to our 44 whanaus. On the last page, the groups were invited to write a pledge. 16 groups participated and earned points for their house. The results are:


World Enviro Day at Mount Aspiring College

World Environment Day is 5th June 2010, have a look at the official website and think on what YOU CAN DO on this Saturday :

Here at the college during the long whanau on Tuesday 8th June, we will turn all the lights and computers off and we will provide each whanau group with an “Enviro-pack” which will contain:

  •  a sign to put on the paper bins in their room and the explanatory sign on how to use it
  • a transport survey
  • a packed lunch survey

 Details will be decided during  next meeeting, Thursday 27th May lunchtime in the library (Eating in the library is authorised to the participants and at the time of the meeting).

Wanaka Youth Change Makers

Every Tuesday after school, Kahu Youth in Wanaka hosts and nurtures a group of young people who make a difference!

They have created a Google map of Free Cool Eco Things to do in Wanaka, such as playing conkers at Wanaka Station Park or feeding fish…

They are preparing a great World Enviro Day here in Wanaka  (5th June 2010), making a video, inviting some NZ Actors…

All ideas from participants, many more in the basket… You too can make a difference! Just meet near the climbing wall at the college on Tuesday after school to go down to the Crib together, until 5pm. Or Facebook them on kahuyouth wanaka!

Green Christmas

Green Santa (clipart)Make a difference for Christmas! You can choose to buy plastic or trinkets OR to give your money to organic, fair trade or other “sustainable” organisations. Here are some ideas:

Maruia New Zealand Nature catalogue: bamboo, silk, possum or merino clothes, organic body care products, wooden games and solar and LED devices, NZ nature cards, calendars and books…

Oxfam Unwrapped: You can offers goats, garden tools, mosquito nets, midwifery training and much more to help people help themselves out of poverty. Choose your gift online, receive a card to offer to your friend, and Oxfam use your gift where it is most needed.

Good Books is an online bookstore with a conscience! Not only the selection of music and books is mind-opening, environmentally friendly or gives a voice to third-world people, but also every time you buy a book from Goodbooks, you contribute to Oxfam to help fight its global battle against poverty and social injustice.

Here in Wanaka, you can find beautiful gifts at the Department of Conservation Office, or clever, New-Zealand-made, wooden games from Puzzling World.

Or you could offer or ask for a subscription to Kiwi Conservation Club Magazine, Organic NZ, New Zealand Geographic, Forest&Birds or Pacific Ecologist.

Be a shopping activist!

Add your suggestions for everyone to enjoy in comments below please!