Shift Change tells stories of ordinary people striving for a sustainable Aotearoa.

Note, March 2023: This storytelling project is on hold for now, but still here because how amazing are these folks?!

We talk to people who are determinedly working to slow climate change, reduce their impact on the environment, promote biodiversity and build strong, resilient communities.

We focus on the positive and hopeful, and make a point of showing people that change is possible.

Why we’re doing it

Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time. There is nothing more important and real, for us and our children.

The impact of climate change is already being felt by vulnerable communities around the world. Those in more privileged communities are starting to get a glimpse of what we might face too: extreme weather events such as droughts and floods, sea level rise and coastal erosion, wildfires, species extinction, water and food shortages and refugee crises.

It’s frightening stuff, especially in light of inaction from governments and big business.

We have a small and smaller window of time to right the ship, to avert the very worst impacts of climate change. But it is possible.

It’s hard to feel that sense of possibility, hope and people power in a tidal wave of dispiriting news about what we’re doing to our planet.

Shift Change aims to be a bright spot in an otherwise bleak outlook. A chance to celebrate people who are refusing to give up, who are determined to keep trying.

It’s part inspiration and part education, and hopefully a place people can use to connect with others who want a healthy, sustainable world.