En­vi­ron­men­tal co-or­di­na­tion

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

The en­vi­ron­ment has been tak­ing cen­trestage re­cently. Dis­quiet about its degra­da­tion, in­ter­est in ac­tions that can be taken to fore­stall or amend en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age, as well as im­prove our sur­round­ings, is call­ing peo­ple to do more than sim­ply voice their con­cern.

ENM– En­vi­ron­ment Net­work Manawatu is an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion that co­or­di­nates 46 lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal groups. Mem­ber groups work in a wide range of ar­eas from bio­di­ver­sity to ed­u­ca­tion to com­mu­nity re­silience. ENM’s main role is to en­cour­age and sup­port en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties that ben­e­fit the wider com­mu­nity.

‘‘The ma­jor­ity of our groups are vol­un­teer-run, so ENM as­sists by pro­mot­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing their ef­forts,’’ ex­plains ENM’s He­len Lehn­dorf. ‘‘We also help groups net­work ef­fec­tively to strengthen pro­jects, share re­sources and avoid du­pli­ca­tion.’’

A first point of con­tact, ENM can re­fer vol­un­teers or peo­ple new to the city to an en­vi­ron­men­tal group or project which matches their in­ter­ests.

‘‘The en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tor in the Manawatu has been steadily grow­ing in re­cent years and ENM has been at the fore­front in sup­port­ing this growth.’’

ENM is grate­ful to re­ceive fund­ing from PNCC, Lottery Com­mu­nity, ECCT, and COGS to en­able this on­go­ing co­or­di­na­tion work to con­tinue.

‘‘If you are in­ter­ested in do­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal vol­un­teer work there are many ways you could con­trib­ute,’’ He­len says.

‘‘Apart from tree plant­ing and weed work, you might like to help run events, write ar­ti­cles, take pho­tos, as­sist with cit­i­zen sci­ence pro­jects, help main­tain a web­site or Face­book page, or write sub­mis­sions.’’

There’s also the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer or de­velop skills in gover­nance and serve on a com­mit­tee.

To find out more, visit enm.org.nz, check the Face­book page, email co­or­di­na­tor@enm.org.nz or phone 355 0126.

– ENM’s SGM, May 12, 5.45pm, St David’s Church, 3 Rain­forth St. Any­one in­ter­ested in re­gional en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues is wel­come from 5.15pm to meet mem­bers; email: co­or­di­na­tor@enm.org.nz or phone 355 0126 for de­tails.

‘‘The ma­jor­ity of our groups are vol­un­teer­run, so ENM as­sists by pro­mot­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing their ef­forts.’’ He­len Lehn­dorf

PHOTO: SALLY PEARCE ENM/SUP­PLIED

Rout­ing out trades­cantia (wan­der­ing willy) are Leigh Rod­er­ick and Tonicha Alves, mem­bers of the Massey Univer­sity Sus­tain­abil­ity Club on a re­cent weed­ing bee at Kee­bles Bush or­gan­ised by C T Kee­ble Me­mo­rial For­est Trust and ENM.

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