Hi Im Hannah Walker and Im going to talk to you about protecting our environment.
John F Kennedy once said:
We know that climate change is affecting our community, from sea level changes effecting our beaches to more frequent weather extremes like floods and droughts. It is up to us all as a community as well as an individual to take responsibility for our environment.
As a district we have to prepare for coastal erosion, floods, landslides, and droughts with an increased competition for water. Ways we can do this is through support of dune care programmes and becoming proactive about water conservation.
Not only is it important to start preparing for climate change but everyone can make a difference in reducing green house gas emissions.
Some simple ways you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions are:
In order to do these things people must first become informed so that they can see Climate Change as something real and something they can personally do something about.
I live in Te Horo and so drive to school in Otaki everyday rather than take the school bus that drives down my road, as well as this Im usually running late, so leave on all the lights in my room and bathroom etc, much to the annoyance of my mother who must switch off everything I leave carelessly on in my haste.
Some of my friends that live in Otaki will get driven to school each day, rather than getting up 15-20 minutes earlier and walking.
These actions are proof that our attitudes must change significantly if I want my children and grandchildren to enjoy the beautiful Kapiti Coast environment, that I have grown up taking for granted.
It is important for me to understand that I am the future generation, so it is my responsibility as much as anybody elses and we must all remember to think globally but act locally.
Im a teenager and I enjoy having sleepovers with my girlfriends, I enjoy playing volleyball and soccer, I enjoy taking my dog for a walk along Paekakariki beach and I enjoy tramping with my family. Plus Im doing really at school. Yeah I guess my life seems pretty good, so yeah Im enjoying the best years of my life; Im enjoying being a teenager. Oh yeah and there is that issue of Climate Change. Its actually quite an interesting topic, and as Al Gore put it, its actually a moral issue.
You see the people who created the issue, the generation above me are simply not going to be around to suffer the consequences and I was always told that you have to face the consequences of your actions. Quite a few years ago my sister and I were throwing a ball on the front lawn. But my sister threw my ball into Mrs. Lumbars rose garden, and I had to face the consequences of having to apologise to her and get my ball back! My sister ran off so I had to apologise. Mum told me to say sorry because it was the right thing to do, even when I had nothing to do with it, it was just my ball and I wanted it back. Even though Mrs. Lumbars breath smelt like rotten fish (sorry Mrs. Lumbar) and I really didnt see the point in facing the consequence: I still did it because it was the right thing to do and Mum told me to.
But Climate Change? What is the right thing for teenagers to do? Why should we care about the planet when it wasnt our fault? But it is still our planet that we want to live on! We are going to have to face all that aftermath of other peoples lazy lifestyle and actions and have to endure that horrible fish breath. And why should we have to suffer? Because it is going to be the young people that are going to have to endure the floods and the heat waves, since the causes of the trouble simply wont be around to face the consequences of their actions. Yeah Climate Change, its a serious issue alright. And the people that will face the consequences and find a solution, yep, that will be teenagers.
I have talked a lot about consequences tonight. I think that people are under the impression that teenagers dont realise the consequences of their actions. Thats why you always read about another drunken party where the police showed up, because teenagers are given too many choices. But with this whole climate change issue, I dont think we really have a choice.
Sometimes you just do things that need to be done. Even if you dont drop that bit of rubbish, you still pick it up. In fact, we actually have a choice, do we want a future or not? Well me? I want my childrens children to be able to experience the sensation of sand between their toes. I know that its not going to be an easy battle with a quick fix solution, but no matter how much hard work it is going to be, I know that the feeling of sand between your toes is worth every possible effort to fight against Climate Change. Yeah maybe there will have to be sacrifices; like having walk once and a while or turn a few lights off. So as teenagers we have a choice, to sit down and watch our futures pass us by, or we can take this opportunity to actually make a difference.
This leads me to the key question that I want answered; why are we wasting all this time and energy fighting wars that only result in separation and division amongst one another? If we put that energy into really combating and solving the serious issue that unites every single person on this earth we might just be able to find an answer. But to fight those consequences it requires cooperation from everyone. Because that is the thing about Climate Change it affects every single person. It is not an issue that can be passed by a comment like «Oh that sort of stuff only happens in America. It wont affect me». Therefore is it not an opportunity to finally unite everyone and appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature?
Yeah a whole lot of scientists can tell us that it is a problem; but knowing is not going to change anything. Its the actions that really count and anyway I always like to think of knowledge as an opportunity not as an advantage.
This battle against Climate Change is not about saving people; it is about changing people. You can still save millions of lives by some genius invention, but that is not a solution. The only solution is to change the way people are thinking. So then my childrens children can enjoy this beautiful planet because their great grandparents were smart enough to fight and solve the issue, rather than just cover it up.
Everyone has realised what a serious problem tin is, yet I still dont understand why everyone hasnt just stopped everything and wanted to solve this issue. Why are people not changing their way of life to help combat Climate Change? Maybe its because it is such a huge issue that is on such a large spectrum, it then becomes hard to take a step back and realise what is actually happening to our planet.
When I asked a few students what they thought of Climate Change, they were aware of the issue, yet it didnt seem like something they could easily create a fix to. Its not an issue like a dirty river when you can see the problem and find a solution and see the results. The tragic effects of Climate Change, some of us are so blind to because we are just adapting and accepting it as a way of life! If one person walks to work instead of taking the car, yeah that will kinda help, but it isnt visible and no one will really realise the difference that it made! But when there are no glaciers left on this earth and the temperatures are going ovens to freezers; those effects will be visible and people will have to accept the differences and impact that it will have on their daily life and lives of future generations.
Can we really let that happen to our home? Can we really destroy the planet that we live on? If there is a tap leaking in our home or foundations are wobbly, we dont just ignore the problem and hope that our roof doesnt fall down! So why is no one really caring that everyones home will soon be destroyed?
Yet there is still hope. Just think of all the bumps on the road we have smoothed over. Yeah this may be a bit more than a bump maybe a knoll, and we know that we wont get it totally smoothed over. But as long as there is a speed limit over that stretch of road we might just be able to use that road for a long time to come!
And finally the thing about Climate Change; its actually not at all about what I think or what I want to do. Its not at all about the Is or the mes, because there is no way that individuals can physically change the situation. But if all those Is and mes turned into we and us imagine what impact we could make together.
KCDC Climate Change lectures.
Hello, my name is Aidan Smith. Im 13 years old and am in year 9 at Paraparaumu College, Im here because I was invited to talk about my thoughts on Climate Change.
Most of you are probably already aware of the problems Climate Change will cause: Rising Sea Levels, increased frequency and severity of extreme weather systems, and the expansion of the range of tropical pests and diseases, to name a few.
All of this will have horrible repercussions for me and my peers.
And now I would like to quote some more inevitable statistics.
I recently lived in a town near Zurich for two years. Roads there are deliberate smaller in townships to discourage car travel, and their bike lanes are huge!
If you insist on travelling in a car, take note of this:
Im sure everyone knows that we should live in harmony with our earth rather than in opposition to it. This has been well understood by the Hopi Indians of North America and other indigenous peoples all over the world, including Maori, for countless generations. The idea of control, mastery or dominance of nature is completely foreign to the Hopi. They consider that they have a crucial role to play in the relationship — to the benefit of both themselves and the earth.
Aidan Smith — Wed 11th October 2006
Its our future and we need to get control of it.
Hi, my name is Anais.
My speech is about how oil is running out and what we can do. Everything you are wearing, all your household furniture, packaging, toys, computers, food, chocolate biscuits [sigh] is made using oil.
Oil is a fossil fuel which means it is made from the bodies of tiny little critters who lived in the ocean between 90 and 150 million years ago. When they died they were buried under the ocean floor where they were squashed, crunched, heated and eventually turned into oil.
There were about two trillion barrels of oil made — but in the last 125 years we have hit the peak, we have already used half of it. Once oil fields reach their half-way point it gets harder and more expensive to get the oil out of the ground.
Because our population keeps growing we need more and more oil every day. We are running out. If we run out the world might be like it was 150 years ago. No play stations, TVs, overseas holidays, mobile phones or junk food.
So, what do you think we should all do about it?
We need to learn to do things without using oil. For example, we will need to ride horses and bikes, know how to grow our own organic food to feed ourselves, and know how to makes our own clothes and shoes. At least we will eat healthy!
We have lots to learn and we need to start now. We also need to tell our parents, councils and government to find out about peak oil and stop doing dumb things like building more roads and buildings. Its our future and we need to get control of it.
Anais is 11 years old
Denial, Denial — The End Of Cheap Oil
The year is 2020 something. Is it all just a bad dream or the future we are creating?
Civilisation has travelled a similar path many times before. Can the voices of the few engage enough of humanity to make some serious change in our use of resources before its too late?
Denial, Denial provides a young persons perspective on our future without preparing now, for a world without cheap oil.
Scene One — Family Kitchen
Scene Two — Family Kitchen
Scene Three — Family Kitchen
Liam FitzSimon Cooper, 8 years old
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