Be part of the solution to plastic pollution
Plastic Free July is officially here! PFJ is a global movement that encourages, inspires, educates and supports millions of people around the world to choose to refuse single-use plastics for an entire month. Want to get involved? The good news is, anyone can take part! The Plastic Free July website has heaps of ideas, tips and resources to help you get started. See here for the different types of plastics and situations where you can #choosetorefuse single-use (and other problematic) plastics, no matter where you are on your journey.
Keen to take part in Plastic Free July?
Here’s a few ways you can get involved at UC: UC Sustainability is running weekly online challenges for you to participate in, with epic prizes up for grabs each week. From low-waste recipes to bulk-bin buying, they want to see how you are showing your love for Papatūānuku and reducing plastics in your life. We’ll be sharing some student ideas each week too! Keep an eye out on their Facebook and Instagram for the first weekly challenge coming on Friday 2 July (or check out this sneak peak for a head start!)
Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku
Matariki in Aotearoa is a time of rejuvenation and reset for both people and planet. Pipiri Ki A Papatūānuku encourages individuals, whānau and other groups from both Aotearoa and around the world to dedicate just one lunar cycle to our taiao (environment).
This year, this falls from June 25 – July 24 2021.
EnviroPAST: Plastic and Sustainability Talks
EnviroPAST is a by-youth-for-youth conference held at UC on 16 – 17 July, with an aim to inspire, educate, connect, and challenge young people to make positive environmental change, with a focus on plastic pollution.
The 2021 programme draws inspiration from the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and seeks to break down the scientific basis of plastic pollution issues and solutions in ways that are relatable and engaging for students. The programme comprises five talks by experts in the field, four interactive workshops, and a beach clean-up and litter audit.
The organising team consists of four student volunteers: Zac Baker (UC), E Wen Wong (UC), Emma Burton (Massey University), and William Wray (Burnside High School). Check out the details of this incredible student-led event here.