We are now into our 4th year with Yr 6 at Ngunguru School monitoring the health of the Red Rocks Reef in the Ngunguru Estuary using our Hauora Moana monitoring programme. Thank you for such a great opportunity to work with these kids and their inspiring teachers!
Unfortunately the health of the reef leaves alot to be desired. We work with the kids to show them how it’s our behaviour that is the problem. Papatuanuku has been sustaining Life for 4.6 billion years – she knows what to do – we just need to remember that we’re a part of the wonderful web of life, not apart from it, and as such must act with responsibility and respect for all beings we share this home with.
We’re very excited to announce that Glenn is presenting at a local conference for action around climate change.
As part of The Tai Tokerau Climate Change Project, the conference brings together individuals who are working in support of Papatuanuku’s ability to regulate her climate, and to mitigate human activities that directly contribute to climate chaos.
The Climate Change Project was initiated by staff from Amokura Iwi Consortium, the Northland District Health Board, Northland Regional Council and NorthTec.
“What if the Ocean were a living thing, in the way that the earth breathes as Gaia? The Maori say that if the Ocean is healthy, so, too, will the people be healthy. And we are not healthy – nor is the Ocean. But we are intimately linked and Glenn Edney explains how – and what – we can do to heal ourselves and the waters of the Earth.”
Ngunguru Gala kindly offered us a free stall at their annual gala, so we were able to display the rubbish collections from the SeaBin.
There was a reasonable amount of interest and we even sold 2 books!
Our SeaBin sorting team for 2020 has been awesome! The Interact Club at Huanui College, Glenbervie, is our source of volunteer sorters, and each year it changes. Starting in 2019, Pippa Benton led the 1st team and handed on to Alyssa Jolsen for 2020. We’re looking forward to 2021 and will update you with the team once school starts again!
Here is a link to a PDF of the Power Point presentation “We Are Water: Beyond Water as Resource”. We really enjoyed our talk at Whangarei public Library, especially the lively and insightful Q&A session at the end. . Glenn is busy editing the video presentation and we will post it as soon as he’s done.
During Aotearoa New Zealand Conservation Week we will be presenting this talk at the Whangarei Library. Come and join us if you can for a ‘watery journey’ spanning the Universe and exploring the evolutionary story of water that is the reason for Life on Earth – the fundamental role water plays in our very existence..
Saturday 25th and Sunday 25th July. A really interesting organisation whose values and philosophies align with Ocean Spirit’s. The event was : “Born as a call for unity to bring you messages of the Water and its lessons from indigenous leaders, representatives of the scientific community, musicians, artists, and YOU, our global family!”