Youth coun­cil pre­pares for Games

Hastings Leader - - News -

The Hawke’s Bay Youth En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil (YEC) has been very colour­ful lately, host­ing the re­cent screen­ing of Blue at the Cen­tury Theatre and now in the mid­dle of or­gan­is­ing the Green Games.

The Green Games have been planned by suc­ces­sive YECs for about five years, says YEC fa­cil­i­ta­tor Jake Brookie.

“The pur­pose of the games is to raise aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and for young peo­ple to share ideas on how to solve them.” This year’s games will be held next Wed­nes­day at Taradale High School and be­gin with stu­dents meet­ing coun­cil staff, DOC rep­re­sen­ta­tives and sus­tain­able busi­nesses.

“In the af­ter­noon, there are many en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties such as a re­cy­cling, a sort­ing chal­lenge and a demon­stra­tion on dif­fer­ent types of pest traps,” Jake says. He says there is room for up to 80 stu­dents at the games, with each school field­ing a team of 10.

“The Green Games is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for sec­ondary school stu­dents. Those at­tend­ing will get to meet De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion rangers, waste min­imi­sa­tion ex­perts and lead­ers in sus­tain­able busi­ness as well as play some thought­pro­vok­ing games”.

For some YEC mem­bers it is a chance to plan an event they en­joyed as a par­tic­i­pant.

“I re­mem­ber it from when I went in Year 10 and I’m so ex­cited to be help­ing plan it and be­ing in­volved again.” says YEC mem­ber Rhian Vin­cent.

“It’s such a fun thing to be in­volved in.”

Jake says there are many ways to get in­volved with the YEC and the group is also cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cess of the re­cent screen­ing of doc­u­men­tary Blue at the Cen­tury Theatre, where more than 200 peo­ple at­tended.

“It was re­ally great see­ing so many peo­ple that all wanted to help.

“It was em­pow­er­ing as it showed that we can all help fight some of th­ese is­sues.”

Jake be­lieves it is im­por­tant to see the im­pact of pol­lu­tion and over fish­ing as it will im­pact all of us in some form.

“Peo­ple eat­ing fish from the Baltic Sea may con­sume over 11,000 pieces of mi­croplas­tic a year. We have to be care­ful least some­thing like that hap­pens here.” The team is also en­joy­ing a spe­cial tour of Ge­orge Nuku’s ex­hi­bi­tion Bot­tled Ocean: 2118 at MTG Hawke’s Bay. Jake says the

‘games The pur­pose of the is to raise aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and for young peo­ple to share ideas on how ’ to solve them. JAKE BROOKIE

YEC are very ex­cited to see the ex­hi­bi­tion, which tells of a fu­ture ocean that has be­come ir­re­versibly linked with plas­tic.

“Most of the plas­tic made since 1950 still ex­ists to­day and the plas­tics used in the ex­hi­bi­tion could have re­mained in the ocean for cen­turies.”

Jake is grate­ful to Taradale High School for help­ing YEC host the Green Games.

“We look for­ward to meet­ing all the teams that are tak­ing part.”

■ Sec­ondary schools are also in­vited to reg­is­ter a team of up to 10 stu­dents for the Green Games, which will be held at Taradale High School, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26. To reg­is­ter email en­viro@hbrc.govt.nz or con­tact the YEC via Face­book.

The Youth En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil get­ting ready for the screen­ing of at the Cen­tury Theatre are top row (left to right) Sally Chan­dler (HBRC), Jake Brookie (fa­cil­i­ta­tor) and bot­tom row (left to right) Abby Masengi, Emilee Scar­bor­ough, Rhian Vin­cent and Lauren Flett.

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