Madz BatachEl, who has been ENM's coordinator since Sally Pearce departed last October, has written this article on the busy and exciting times in the ENM office this year, with our core business of connecting, communicating and coordinating, plus a number of special projects.
Plastic Pollution Challenge Project Coordinator Appointed
We are excited to introduce the newest member of our team, Heather Knox of Palmy Dirty 30 and Palmy Rocks. Heather is already busy helping plan the launch event for Phase II, and an under-18 Lunchbox Challenge for Plastic Free July. She will be preparing and planning litter sampling in our streams (once the weather warms up) and other educational and inspirational public events over the next 12 months. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.
PPC Storymap, and Citizen Science Organiser’s Toolkit
Amber Filleul started in September as our Marketing and Communications Officer - GIS. She has created a gorgeous set of images and maps to tell the story of Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge. A PPC Citizen Science Organiser’s Toolkit has been published thanks to the sterling work of Sharon Stevens and Lais Vidotto with support from Brian Finch and Heike Schiele.
Manawatū Food Action Network
Coordinating cross-sectorally has become more critical than ever, and we have engaged Helen Lehndorf to ‘re-invigorate’ the conversations with food action stakeholders. She has familiarised herself with past activities of MFAN, researched national and international examples of similar initiatives, and made connections with key local individuals and organisations. A very well attended meeting was held on 30 June to connect with others in the network and to assess ‘where to next?’ for the group. A report of this meeting will be available later in the month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Looking forward to seeing what the rest of 2020 brings us.