Two Burnside High School students, Jess Scarsbrook (13PZS) and
Jacob Appo (12WUP), recently attended the week long Waterwise
camp, run by Untouched World and Ecan along with 18 other
students from various high schools around the wider Canterbury
They both learned a lot about water and environmental issues
focused on the Te Waihora area. The main thing that Jacob
said he took away from this trip was a better understanding of
the environment and the multiple opinions around it. Jacob
said 'talking to farmers around the Selwyn region made me realise
that dairying is extremely important to New Zealand's economy and
we need to find a balance between caring for the environment
whilst still maintaining a competitive economy'.
Jess also commented saying, 'I learned the importance of all
forms of activism and humans' effect on the environment. I
also realised how important it is to educate the farmers and
wider community on water and environmental issues'.
They both thoroughly enjoyed their trip and would highly
recommend it to Year 11-13 students next year who are interested
in Geography and Biology.