Friday, 05 June 2020


MBAS students climate change awareness action

On Friday last week, hundreds of Mercury Bay Area School students (from Year 1 to Year 13) drew attention to man-made climate change by forming an enormous “410” on the school field.

The Flying Kiwi (Whitianga resident, Peter May) took drone photos of the students’ effort.

The number 410 represented the current level of carbon dioxide (CO2), measured in parts per million, in the atmosphere.

The MBAS head students, Gabriel Asquith and Olivia Clague, said it’s important for the young people of Mercury Bay to raise awareness of climate change, but that by going on strike like many other schools in New Zealand did on Friday last week, was not the way to do it. “We felt striking would have little impact in actually raising climate change awareness within both the local community and our school,” they said.

“By writing 410, we were showing that we not only understand the implications of climate change within our society, but that we also value this earth and want to do our bit to look after it to the best of our ability. Through this course of action, we are able to raise greater awareness through a collaborative involvement of our entire school.

“We want to specially thank The Flying Kiwi for his willingness to take photos of our effort.”

Pictured: One of the photos The Flying Kiwi took on Friday last week.


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