Pupils work at greening of Mt Roskill
Students at Mt Roskill Intermediate School want to see more native fish living in their local creek.
So they are planting trees, removing rubbish and keeping the area tidy to make sure it happens.
Children noticed a lack of fish and birds when testing water in Oakley Creek, which runs through the school.
They discovered the water temperature was too high and have since been planting trees to create shade and are monitoring pollution closely.
They have also started a composting system and are working on making the school as environmentally friendly as possible.
In honour of the United Nations World Environment Day tomorrow pupils will be taking action such as bringing their lunch in containers instead of plastic wrap and walking or taking public transport to school.
Student Vicky Xu, 11, says it is important for people to give back to the environment.
“We need trees to breathe and cities are killing all the plants,” she says.
“If we’re going to urbanise, we need to replant as well.”
Students at Mt Roskill Intermediate elect to be part of the environmental unit and spend around four hours a week working on the creek.
Metrowater supplies native plants and students clean out weeds and rubbish.
Teacher Sean Carroll says the children are enthusiastic.
“It takes a lot of time and patience but they are very keen,” Mr Carroll says.
“It’s important for them to know that you can’t undo 200 years of damage in two years. It takes a lot of work.”
He says the long-term goal is to see native fish back in the stream and a corridor where birds can live.
Student Josef Motu says he enjoys cleaning up the creek.
“It’s a good experience to learn about plants and how they influence the environment,” he says.
“We want more insects, birds and other animals to be able to live around the stream.”
A number of central Auckland schools are marking World Environment Day tomorrow.
The Auckland City Council and Pt Chevalier School will undertake a revegetation project at Meola Reserve.
Owairaka District School pupils are working on a project to show people how to conserve water.
ABC childcare centres around Auckland will also educate people on why it is important to recycle.
The projects are funded by the government.
“It is an opportunity to bring the world’s communities together to find new ways to protect our environment and form stronger networks to support and build on the work that is already under way,” says Environment Minister Trevor Mallard.
“Various sectors in New Zealand have introduced innovations towards combating climate change, and this is our chance to share them.”
For more information about World Environment Day events visit www.world. environment.govt.nz.
Going green: Mt Roskill Intermediate school pupils Vicky Xu and Josef Motu, both 11, help clean up Oakley Creek.