We've supported the delivery of climate change learning programmes.
Since mid-2020, the Council has been supporting the delivery of the climate change learning programme Huringa āhuarangi: Whakareri mai kia haumaru āpōpō Climate Change: prepare today, live well tomorrow(external link), with supplementary additional adaptation lessons for schools in several low lying inland and coastal communities.
The learning programme helps to raise awareness of climate change and start conversations about the impacts of sea-level rise and how we can respond as a city. It also offers children and young people opportunities to collectively act on their knowledge and ideas to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, an important component when considering climate change hope and wellbeing.
Six Ōtautahi Christchurch and Te Pātaka a Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula schools participated in the programme in 2020 and a further seven new schools are participating in the programme during 2021.
Actions undertaken by participating schools include:
Read more about how students from Ōhinetahi Governors Bay School are doing their bit to adapt to and reduce the impact of climate change on Newsline(external link).
In 2022, ongoing support to engage in adaptation planning, decision-making and collective action in their communities, Ōtautahi and Aotearoa is available for children and young people.
Next Generation Conversation, a coalition of climate change activists aged between 10 and 14 years old in Ōtautahi-Christchurch submitted on the Council’s Coastal Adaptation Framework at the end of 2021. This short film, We Asked To Be Heard, takes people through the process and the eventual outcome.
“It has been amazing to be a part of this group. To be listened to, to be heard, and for adults to take us seriously. Not just to be seen, to be really heard. It has been an awesome opportunity to change problems. To look back and say, I was part of that. It is empowering,” says high school student Caitlin Rees.
The Coastal Adaptation Framework received 101 submissions, including from a significant number of children and young people from across the district. One thing that submitters wanted is that education be made more prevalent to increase people’s awareness of climate science, and this was added to the framework as a result. Read more on Newsline(external link).