Saturday, February 5, 2011

Reflection: Save the earth:Zero Waste


When you drop your rubbish in the bin, have you ever thought what it is doing to the landfill and to our earth.

I have been associated with the Ngati Whatua o Orakei as a Zero Waste volunteer at its annual Waitangi Day Festival at Okahu Bay on February 6. This event averages an 84% recycled/composted rate, the best around.

Volunteers are invited to help and learn how to run a real green event. The volunteers stay on Orakei Marae on the night of February 5 and be welcomed becoming part of the tribe. This is a privilege and you get introduced to the Maori protocol of welcome.

Among the 60 over volunteere were people from all over the world who are environmentally conscious. On the February 5th evening, we listened to Jo Knight and another renowned speaker in culture and conservation.

I am honored to be part of the team educating the public on waste and sorting it while also lapping up great Aotearoa sounds and vibes.

Thank you for your hospitality, Chris and Ivy, and all those who cooked for us.
Thanks also to Nagrimu for inviting us.

The Marae feeds a worm farm which in turn feed the vegetable garden.


Ginny Hartzler said...

What a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to educate people about. And you got great pictuires of the event!

Sciarada said...

Ciao Ann,
a good and exact way to reflect!
Happy sunday!

Anonymous said...

This has certainly given me something to reflect on. Your words mirror many of my thoughts. Thanks.

All the best, Boonie

George said...

You've certain given us something to reflect upon. I think we could all do a better job of reducing waste if we would only try.
Thanks for a wonderful post.

rainfield61 said...

This need long term education, especially back in Malaysia.

Pat Tillett said...

a reflection of a different type.

'Tsuki said...

Interesting ! A green reflection as contribution to the contest... Thanks for sharing it !

Ash said...

Good cause and photos!

Tammie Lee said...

this sounds like a wonderful and important event. I remember when no one recycled and now so many people do. Now if only we could end the production of plastic!

Unknown said...

Wow, what a great thing to get involved in.

sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A wonderful thing to volunteer for Ann. We are originally from Oregon, a State that is ia leader in recycling (the returnable bottle-bill originated there). So it has always been very important to us.