How can young people make a difference in their natural environments?
Nature Through Arts Collective is enabling young people and their families to learn about and get involved in some of New Zealand’s critical conservation challenges through a series of dynamic and imaginative digital journeys at nature sites.
Supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, the project explores new ways for young people to have an active voice and become innovative thinkers in sustainable development. Creative and artistic activity, innovative technology and immersion in nature are combined to empower a wide community of adventurers who can be both virtual and real ‘super-heroes’ in their own backyards and reserves.
The project builds on the success of the Collective’s recent pilot ‘Imagine My City 100 Day creative challenge’, also supported by the National Commission. This was a community-based project to ignite the imaginations and dreams of young people for a neighbourhood full of nature.
Kaia Kaka, the first of the digital journeys, is currently being developed and tested in Wellington. This supports on-the-ground community initiatives such as Predator Free New Zealand and augments existing activities around Wellington and New Zealand that connect young people with nature.
The project is supported also by Wellington City Council and is a collaborative effort between technologists, educators and entrepreneurs Enspiral Dev Academy, Lift Education | E Tū, conservation leaders, artists and community kaitiaki.