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Sustainability

EONZ is an organisation committed to working towards a sustainable future.


EONZ views sustainable practice as underpinning good practice in the outdoors.  This is because if through our actions or inactions, we degrade or deplete the resources of the world then we will lose the very thing that we cherish. Sustainability is about considering all elements of the environment, biosphere and living organisms on the planet when making choices or decisions about how and what we do.

We encourage schools, organisations and individuals to carefully consider the rationale and purpose of their activities and programmes, and how they can fit within a model of sustainability. We invite ideas and discussion about ways in which that could be achieved.

EONZ would like to know what you are doing with your students and participants to develop thinking and programmes that integrate sustainability into your approach. If you would like to contribute to this page please email your ideas and material to office@eonz.org.nz 

 

Sustainable Action Ideas

Get in contact with your local Councils to be involved in conservation or restoration projects
Get in contact with the Department of Conservation about conservation projects like  DOC's Weedbusters
Grow plants from seed and plant a tree for every visitor
Link up to community organisations involved in sustainability projects
Apply "leave no trace", "do no harm" principles to your activities
Use eco-cleaner recipes in your camp or classroom kitchens
Do a beach tidy-up, rubbish pick ups, add litter collection bonus points in a rogaine/ orienteering course
Adopt an area of  local land (through your local council or DOC)
Set up worm farms or composting systems to deal with your school's or programme's compostable waste

Links to Sustainability Resources

Ministry of the Environment - Manatū Mō Te Taiao has the environmental stewardship for a prosperous New Zealand. The site includes the six government strategies for sustainability.

The Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research site allows you to find out the size of the carbon footprint (the quantity of carbon) that your lifestyle, school or business generates and strategies to mitigate the size of the footprint.suggests

 

carboNZero calculators

Climate Care Carbon Calculator This UK site allows you to calculate the likely carbon emissions of different aspects of your activities including individual airline flights and car/vehicle usage. It also discusses some of the myths about climate change like "it's too late for us to make any difference ..."

site links to a wide variety of conservation projects around the country and in your region, and the ways in which you can participateNew Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers

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