A major part of our Kaupapa on our POET school camps is to promote environmental sustainability.
We not only want our current students and teachers to enjoy the natural wonder and serenity of our outdoor places but we also encourage them to teach and learn sustainable practices so their children and grandchildren could come to the same camp ground and enjoy the same experience in the same pristine environment. We do this by:
- Place-Responsive Learning – keeping our camps within an hour’s drive from their schools and exploring their local environments means we are reducing our carbon footprint. Natural gems like Pirongia Forest Park, Hakarimata, Waikato River and bike trails and the Raglan harbour and beach are all treasured spots in our own backyard.
- Incorporating Kaitiakitanga – living and sharing the principle of how we are guardians of our local environment creates a shared responsibility on camps to protect our natural places, wildlife, and plants. Some examples of how we do this is by reducing packaging, recycling food waste, reusing resources, and following local tikanga when harvesting plants.
- Sharing Resources – Instead of each school buying and maintaining their own sets of mountain bikes, tents, sleeping mats, cookers, and all the other equipment you need to run a week long camp for up to 150 students, they just use the POET gear. By sharing gear, we are reducing the environmental impact of over-consumerism.