Climate change and what we can do

Shore Junction is a youth innovation hub being created in the heart of Takapuna. It is being designed as a space for young people to connect, belong, and grow. Shore Junction will offer youth-friendly facilities and integrated services that support innovation, learning, wellbeing and creativity, enabling young people to accelerate their potential and embark on their future pathways to success.

An estimated 170,000 New Zealanders, most of them school students, marched in the climate change strikes nationwide, contributing to the 7.6 million who took part in the strikes internationally between September 20th to 27th. On the ground in New Zealand leading the national strikes is Sophie Handford. After seeing Greta Thunberg in action in late 2018, Sophie realised there was nothing on the cards for New Zealand. All New Zealand needed was one person to recognise this, and make that change.

The young people at Shore Junction recognise the need for change, and they know their generation will be the ones to lead this change, they champion the actions of Sophie Handford and Raven Maeder, School Strike for Climate Movement. Our young people.

You can take small actions at home to help the impacts of climate change. Here are some examples of actions you can take every day, Further details of these tips can be found at the Ministry for the Environment website.

  • Drive less – Walk, cycle, use public transport or car pool!
  • Reduce your electricity use – Switch off lights not in use, use LED lightbulbs, unplug electronics from the wall socket, wash clothes in cold water and air dry rather than use a dryer.
  • Eat less meat – Red meat production produces significantly more greenhouse gas emissions than the production of chicken meat, fruit, vegetables and cereals. Try having one meatless meal a week.
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle - Reducing how much you buy is good for the environment and your wallet.
  • Plant trees – Plant native trees on your property and get involved in a community forest restoration

Issue 105 December 2019