Thirty secondary school students from throughout the Waikato Region meet at Te Kauri Lodge next week for the second Regional Youth Environment Forum.
The students represent 16 Waikato secondary schools. The forum, which runs from April 26 to 29, has been organised by Environment Waikato Schools Programme Co-ordinator Dean King to promote students’ discussion and learning on environmental issues facing the Region.
Over the four days, the students will look at issues such as water quality, biodiversity, coastal and pests. They will be sharing their knowledge and understanding of how these issues can be addressed and how students can get involved. Students will also take field trips to X-treme Waste and Harbour Care nursery at Raglan and visit the Waikuku Stream.
Mr King said the forum would promote positive environmental attitudes and support the students to take action on environmental issues. The aim was to hear about opinions and concerns of youth.
"During the forum we intend to provide opportunities to enhance the knowledge and awareness these young people have towards environmental issues and issues of our Region. We hope that the attitudes and actions of these young people will lead to positive environmental actions in their schools and communities.
"Part of the forum process will be to assist young people to do some personal action planning and identify and discuss what support they may need. A one-day follow-up meeting is planned for later in the year."
The students will hear from Environment Waikato staff as well as Environment Waikato Chairman Jenni Vernon and Chief Executive Harry Wilson.