In a primary of a form for Australasia, Christchurch will quickly be residence to a Local weather Motion Campus.
From Might subsequent 12 months it is going to take college students from eight faculties who will get their arms soiled with the whole lot from conducting experiments to rising greens and rearing chickens.
It is going to be run as a satellite tv for pc of particular character faculty Ao Tawhiti, and is supported by the Ministry of Training.
Campus director Niki Stephenson, from Ao Tawhiti, mentioned it might present younger individuals methods they may take motion.
“We encourage the youngsters to develop their very own studying programmes, and so the youngsters from the opposite faculties who wish to attend the Local weather Motion Campus, will do exactly the identical,” Stephenson mentioned.
“To allow them to come for a day per week, or a day per week, or a full week, or a full time period, or two phrases, no matter they wish to do, we will make it occur for them.”
Campus convenor and former metropolis councillor Vicki Buck, who was concerned over the previous 16 months in making the campus occur, mentioned local weather change was an “existential menace”.
“One of the best ways to counter that sense of hopelessness and angst about local weather change and ecological destruction is to take motion,” she mentioned.
The campus will probably be primarily based within the grounds of the previous Avonside Ladies Excessive and can make use of 1.8 hectares of neighbouring pink zoned land.
The land will change into accessible subsequent month and planning is already below method to begin creating it.