Do you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in the morning? Do you play sports such as rugby, football and lacrosse? Believe it or not, without a proper ecosystem or biodiverse environment environment, even abundant species such as coffee beans and grass are at risk of extinction! This means no more iced lattes from Two Birds!!
The Department of Conservation is currently taking submissions on a Policy known as “The Biodiversity Strategy” which basically aims to keep New Zealands environment beautiful for years to come and to keep species (such as coffee beans) from becoming extinct. Today during AKO we will be sharing our voices with the government on this topic.
What’s the problem?
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Every day, 4,000 native species in New Zealand are at risk of becoming endangered. Every day our rivers become more polluted, our huge Kauri trees slowly die off due to disease, our oceans become warmer and more acidic and our massive forests become barren causing our soil to lose its world class cultivation of plants found nowhere else on earth.
Currently within politics there is not enough youth voice, with the majority of politicians being old, white men ("huh?!"- Mr Rogers). As young women, it is important that we realise our voice is important and deserves to be heard.
We want to change this! A platform created by one of our students is currently attempting to receive Youth Voice on the biodiversity strategy as every decision made effects us personally.
Check out the website!
Have a look through the website and get to know the biodiversity strategy.
Click on the ‘Have your say!” Button in the top right corner. This will take you to the submissions page. You can make submissions in anyway shape or form. It could simply be a brainstorm on the board, answering some questions or you could get creative and make a poster or video. You could even write a letter to the government!
As a CCM, in small groups or individually, talk about what you think the state of our environment is and what you would like to see for it in the future. Brainstorm these ideas. Remember your submission could simply be a picture of a brainstorm sent to email@example.com
Get Creative! Your voice is extremely important for the development of New Zealand's environment! :)