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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or phone 355 0126 for details.
‘‘The majority of our groups are volunteerrun, so ENM assists by promoting and communicating their efforts.’’ Helen Lehndorf
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.