Creating Change

The holistic, long-term Enviroschools journey creates fertile ground for a range of learning and action.

When tamariki/ students connect with their place and its people, and then plan, design and take action, they are creating change.

Through this empowering experience, they will become life-long change-makers.  The collective exploration is based in the concept of ako, where all participants are simultaneously learners and teachers, and everybody learns from each other.  It is a process of co-creation between people and all of the elements and energies around us. Caring for our place and the whole planet becomes a living curriculum where skills and competencies are gained through experience and mahi within meaningful community settings.

In the following stories you can see how Enviroschools participants are learning with their heads, hands and hearts – connecting with nature, exploring indigenous wisdoms, forming relationships with tangata whenua, collaborating with people in their diverse communities, and finding out about their own qualities and passions.  Learning and action in Enviroschools does not just have environmental outcomes but social, cultural and economic benefits too.

Riverview Students Seek a Sustainable Future Together with their Community

Riverview Primary School and community in Kerikeri Northland recently shared some of their learn and sustainable actions with Enviroschools visitors as part of a sharing and decision-making day towards their Green-Gold status. Here we learn about the experience of spending the day with passionate young...

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Students’ Powerful Waste Submissions Impressed Christchurch City Councillors.

In this story from Canterbury, students from 2 schools reflect on their experiences with preparing and submitting to the Christchurch City Council's Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and speaking to this at a council hearing.

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Forgotten Fauna Focus of Feilding-held Horizons Hui

After talking about holding a hui for Manawatū Whanganui Enviroschools primary student leaders for a while, additional funding from Toimata Foundation enabled this to eventually be held (postponed from May) in October in the Manawatū and Rangitīkei districts. Find out more here!

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Collaborative approach to Zero Waste leads to community learning.

In the Gisborne/ Tairāwhiti Region the Enviroschools team have been continuing to seek ways of shifting community practice around waste and a 2020 series of collaboratively run waste workshops has already reaped rewards. This story tells us about how this came about and the flow...

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Overnight Camp Inspires Students to Pitch in for their Special Places

This year the Enviroschools Canterbury facilitation team ran an inspirational, practical fun two days of learning for student leaders’ in the beautiful location of Tūhaitara Coastal Park. Read more about the activities and discussions held in this culturally and ecologically significant place.

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