Case studies and examples of catalysts for change

Deepika Kurup has been determined to solve the global water crisis since she was 14 years old, after she saw kids outside her grandparents’ house in India drinking water that looked too dirty even to touch.

“Alone, a single drop of water can’t do much, but when many drops come together, they can sustain life on our planet. Just as water drops come together to form oceans, I believe we all must come together when tackling this global problem”. Deepika Kurup

Jadav Payeng – the man who planted a forest (1.5min trailer):

For the full length (16min) film

A pioneering urban farmer in Sacramento, changing his family and community through gardening:

Take 3 for the Sea – 

An Australian  and now global movement to take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere and you’ve made a difference.


Take part in their “Pick it Up. Snap It. Share It campaign:


View Opoutere School’s Totara Class inquiry on plastic pollution:
This slide show shows the work Totara class undertook as part of their inquiry learning into the environmental issue of plastic pollution and our oceans. Our local coastal environment of Whangamata provided the ideal backdrop for some real, authentic learning and environmental actions related to this topic.


Waikato  Biodiversity Forum  holds information on Waikato community groups that you could connect with

Waikato Environment Centre Provides community education, collaborates with and supports environmental groups and projects, provides inspiration for living lighter, advocates on behalf of the environment, provides a depot for recycling e-waste, and runs Kaivolution Food Rescue.

Waikato Regional Council  information on different strategies and projects around the Waikato catchment.


Inspiring Stories is a trust with a vision to see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world.

Generation Zero
A youth-led organisation, was founded with the central purpose of providing solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities & independence from fossil fuels.

Outlook for Someday film challenge Young People + Film + Sustainability. Be inspired by films young people around NZ have made or enter as a class. The Entry Deadline in 2017 is 8 September

Nature Space holds information about community groups around the country including some community gardens. There are hundreds of community restoration groups and individual landowners in New Zealand dedicating time and effort to restore our native ecosystems



OOOOBY – Out Of Our Own Back Yards an online community of food growers

Tree Crops Association:  a voluntary organisation promoting interest in useful trees, such as those producing fruit, nuts, timber, fuel, wood, livestock fodder, bee forage and other productive crops.

New Zealand Landcare Trust sustainable land and water management projects including some in the Waikato.


Forest and Bird – protecting our native plants, animals and wild places, on land and in our oceans.

Sustainable communities through kai

Sir Peter Blake Trust Resources, events and opportunities to help support youth leadership



Do you have inspiring examples of Catalysts for Change? Please share them with us!!