World Environment Day 5th June - Foot Art

Kick the Habit logoWorld Environment Day 5th June

Living Streets Aotearoa urge people to get back on their feet and reduce emissions. Walking, jogging or running are a great way to get around - especially where there are terrific shortcuts through parks, lovely views and good local shops and cafes.

Celia with "foot-art" pole""Urban design to make walkable cities is key for metro Councils", says Cr Celia Wade-Brown, President of Living Streets Aotearoa.

Celia and Lily Linton have created this prototype of a pou hikoi or walking pole to draw attention to walking all or part of a journey as a pleasant way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While helping the climate, walkers also enjoy better mental and physical health, can fuel up on anything from potatoes to kiwifruit, water crackers to croissants and still feel good!

Walking Poles collage photoSee here for Walking Poles collage photo (152K JPEG file)

There will be twenty poles around Wellington to encourage more people to choose to walk more often. The painted poles will be decorated with shoes at strategic locations to remind people they can enjoy a lovely way to arrive at work in a good mood instead of fuming in a traffic jam!

The poles mark World Environment Day 2008 and are part of the Ministry for the Environment's Kick The Carbon Habit programme.

Contact Celia Wade-Brown 027 483 6691 or Lily Linton  04 385 8280

See media release

See attached files below for

  • more photos (273K pdf file)
  • Walking Pole poster (342K pdf file)

Click here to access Google maps showing the locations of the poles

Click here for more details on World Environment Day


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Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.

We want more people walking and enjoying public spaces be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure.

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