A speech to NZEI

I was not able actually attend this meeting, but had the following speech delivered. It concluded:

The Greens recognise the power of education: that the long-term future sustainability of our society, economy and environment is in the hands of our children. That is why we have prioritised environmental education. It is no coincidence that our election hoardings feature children, thinking and playing, and say: “Vote for me” and “Vote for us”. Children represent the hope for a sustainable and fair future. The Green Party represents that future, and represents children.

We also recognise that the ability of our children to have a sustainable future is in our hands today. If the world we leave them is trashed, and if we do not adequately equip them for the future, then their future is bleak. The contemporary realities of climate change, the end of cheap oil, the pollution of our rivers, declining biodiversity, unaffordable unsafe and unhealthy food, and the continuation of child poverty in New Zealand – these are our issues, today, and the responsibility to address them is also ours. That’s what the Greens will do.

As a friend said to me this week: “If you think telling your kids there’s no Santa is hard, try telling them there’s no North Pole”.

For a future worth teaching for, Party Vote Green.

NZEI Havelock North speech
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    anarkaytie said,

    Tino pai, teena koorero i te reo!

    Go Tukituki!
    I’m sure the local teachers appreciated your focus on the worth of children,
    and the value of the education they are given by their teachers.

    From my experience, children understand finity of resources.
    Often, much more quickly than many adults do.


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