Kia ora! Welcome to “The Change Makers” – a weekly video series.
In this series our Change Makers share their stories, their thoughts, their ambitions and their actions to leave the earth a better place – to be a Good Ancestor to future generations.
Our planet is experiencing catastrophic environmental harm, It requires us to Think Long Term, beyond our lifetimes, to thoughtfully evaluate our choices and to take actions to ensure a sustainable and healthy future for all.
The stories of those leading the change – The Change Makers – those thinking and acting with long term vision, are inspirational.
Inspired, we can ask ourselves, “what can we do to be Better Ancestors?”
This week, Better Ancestors visits Tama Blackburn of Waitara Taiao, his community led and community organised environmental protection group.
Waitara Taiao monitors and maintains over 200 predator control traps in the town of Waitara on the West Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Their predator control programme contributes massively to the health of local ecosystems, our native birds and other taonga species.
Tama uses Waitara Taiao as a way to help troubled youth find meaning in life – he shows them the value of contributing to the community. He demonstrates the importance of passing on vital environmental knowledge to next generations.
Through their work, Waitara Taiao puts the focus of looking out for the future being Better Ancestors.
Waitara Taiao is ambitious with big plans for the future. It has recently become an incorporated society to create a framework to protect and build on the community initiative.
From small beginnings, great things will be accomplished.
Start your own environmental community group today? You can!
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Episode 13 premieres next week, Sunday 4th April 2021.
The Change Makers is made possible by the New Zealand Regeneration Investment Group.