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Community‘s thoughts on climate change

Protesters took to the streets on Friday to voice their concerns about climate change.

Climate Change is a topic on the tip of everyone’s tongues at the moment.

Whether you believe it is happening or not, the one thing we can all agree on is it’s something we are all talking about.

In light of the recent climate change protests, SunLive took to Mount Maunganui to ask people if they planned on attending the intergenerational strike for climate on Firday and what they are doing to help take care of our planet.

Christine Treacher, Mount Maunganui

Did you attend the intergenerational strike for climate on Friday?

No, I didn’t know about it.

What are you doing to help take care of the environment?

We are very seriously recycling, even my husband’s birthday card that came in the mail this morning is getting recycled and given to our daughter in two weeks. We have compost, and we drive a car that has low fuel emissions because it’s new.

 

Bryce Fleming, Mount Maunganui

Did you attend the intergenerational strike for climate on Friday?

No, we are away on Friday. But I probably wouldn’t have gone if I was here.

What are you doing to help take care of the environment?

We are environmentally conscious, and we have made a few changes over the past few years. Our plastic bag usage is completely gone, we recycle everything we can and grow our own vegetables and herbs. I don’t know if it helps but we always use eco-detergents for handwashing, dishwashing and clothes washing. We do our little bit in our little world.

 

Russel Bailey, Maungatapu

Did you attend the intergenerational strike for climate on Friday?

No, and I didn’t know about it.

What are you doing to help take care of the environment?

Normal stuff, no rubbish. I only use my car when I need to and pick up rubbish when I see it lying around. Nothing specific, but just lots of little things.

 

Ella Bracken, Mount Maunganui

Did you attend the intergenerational strike for climate on Friday?

No, I didn’t even know about it.

What are you doing to help take care of the environment?

Try and use my keep cup, try and not use sushi containers so I will bring my own reusable one. I always take my reusable bags to the supermarket. We need to take care of the environment, it’s just getting worse and worse and we need to make it better before it gets even worse.

 

Hannah Spijkerman, Auckland

Did you attend the intergenerational strike for climate on Friday?

No, I live up in Auckland and I travel for work.

What are you doing to help take care of the environment?

My partner is a beekeeper so we try and do everything enviro-friendly. We make beeswax wraps and always use reusable products. Our world is kinda f***** at the moment, and if we don’t change it then our kids aren’t going to be bought up in a good place.

 

Morgan Barclay-Frank

Did you attend the intergenerational strike for climate on Friday?

I’m wasn't aware of the strike for climate happening on Friday.

What are you doing to help take care of the environment?

I have a compost at home and we don’t use plastic bags, we use reusable paper bags. We don’t want plastic bags flying round in the ocean destroying the environment and want minimal rubbish in our landfills, so it’s good to break our food down.

 

Keeli Irving, Mount Maunganui

Did you attend the intergenerational strike for climate on Friday?
No, and I didn’t know about it.
What are you doing to help take care of the environment?
Recycle, and yeah that’s about it.

 

Olive Pearce, Matua

Did you attend the intergenerational strike for climate on Friday?

It’s kinda tricky because we hade our Mardi Gras at lunchtime on Friday. All the school girls knew about the strike.

What are you doing to help take care of the environment?

Sometimes I participate in Papamoa beach clean-ups through the environmental committee at school. We need to protect the environment, I don’t want it to rot away. It’s our generation that needs to do something about it, it seems like a lot of older people don’t really care.

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