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Interview with Erana Walker
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Tiempo Climate Newswatch: Erana, congratulations on being selected as a Kiwi climate ambassador. What are your hopes for the international climate summit that will take place just after your forum in Copenhagen?
Erana Walker: My hope for the conference is that we get the results that are going to make a difference and that are necessary. I hope we all pull ourselves together and start doing things properly!
Tiempo Climate Newswatch: Should we place our trust in politicians to deal with the climate problem?
Erana Walker: To me, we shouldn't rely heavily on politicians because, at the end of the day, as individuals we have the power to take action and make a difference. By relying too much on politicians we will end up getting more and more frustrated.
Tiempo Climate Newswatch: How seriously do people around you take the climate problem? Are they aware of the threat?
Erana Walker: Some are, some aren't, that's the whole point of what I'm trying to achieve. I want to get them knowing more about the threat of climate change and to taking it more seriously.
Tiempo Climate Newswatch: What do you see as the main risks faced by your homeland of Northland, New Zealand?
Erana Walker: There are a lot of threats to Northland that are caused by climate change. Most recently, they can be seen in a change in the weather. We are getting heavy rainfalls more often than before and these obviously lead to more floods. This will have an impact on our rivers and on our food produce as is it gets harder to grow because it's too wet.
Tiempo Climate Newswatch: Do you feel that your community is well-placed to fight the impacts of climate change?
Erana Walker: I have worked alongside my community for so long that I definitely think we can take action on climate change!
Tiempo Climate Newswatch: What would you like to see your community do to get organized?
Erana Walker: Work together! The stronger our relationships with each other become the more more we will be able to achieve.
Tiempo Climate Newswatch: You've been very active in protecting your local environment. What environmental problems have you and your school been tackling?
Erana Walker: For the past five years, me and my school have been working on a river restoration project. It's been a long journey but we have learnt so much from it. We've been holding community awareness days to get people aware of what's happening to our water ways. We have had planting days to get people making a difference and we even held a 350 Aotearoa Festival, focused around climate change. All this from one river project!
Tiempo Climate Newswatch: Tell me more about the 350 Aotearoa Festival… did you get a lot of people there and what's going to happen next?
Erana Walker: The 350 festival was held to inform people about climate change and its effects. We did have a lot of people come ranging from babies to our elderly. We took a photo of the banner that we made and are now hoping to send it through to the 350 website where it will be taken to Copenhagen.
Tiempo Climate Newswatch: Thank you very much for your time, Erana, and good luck with your future work.
Erana Walker has been nominated and selected to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in China, June 29th-July 8th 2010. Sponsorship is needed and any suggestions for support would be gratefully appreciated. Please contact Jodi Walker for further information.
On the Web
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