Para Kore ki Tāmaki understand our place in the wider global community and our obligation to making a change in our understanding of our place and connection to Te Taiao and our absolute impact of our consumer behavior on Te Taiao.
We believe rangatahi have a unique and critical role to play in the transformative practice necessary to address climate change injustice.
For the past year we have facilitated a process of activating our Tāmaki Makaurau rangatahi to become ambassadors of change for A Climate Conscious by running a series of wananga that informed and empowered our rangatahi to be agents of change through Te Ao Māori, tupuna teachings and mātauranga.
Through these wananga a unique framework was defined by the rangatahi called "Ka noho teina te tangata" which acknowledges the antiquity of taiāo, in contrast to the existential infancy of tāngata. The wananga also highlighted that as rangatahi, their natural disposition as teina (junior), perfectly positions them to understand the importance of inter generational equity within the wider environmental ecosystems within which they exist.
In recognising this, rangatahi affirmed their role, responsibility and obligation to operate interdependently in the restoration and protection of indigenous ecosystems which sustain them. As a generation, they declared their commitment to intergenerational equity, through actively understanding mātauranga Māori as the foundation for climate justice and action.
Further to this and because of the success of the wananga rangatahi were given the opportunity to write the only rangatahi and youth content for "Te Taruke a Tawhiri' the Auckland Climate Action Framework for Tāmaki Makaurau and we are proud to declare that the rangatahi voice is powerful, innovative and passionate declaring a future for rangatahi activation, intergenerational equity and transformative practice necessary to address climate change injustice.