Students gather for sustainability forum
An Asia-Pacific regional Eco-Minds sustainable development forum will be held next week from May 25 to 29, hosted by Auckland University.
Five top students have been selected to represent New Zealand for Eco-Minds 2009, which is themed on Sustainable Energy Systems: Challenges and Opportunities.
Daniel Scott and Melissa Wong from Auckland University, Fiona Southall from Massey University, Elana Hawke from Canterbury University and Rebecca Williamson from Waikato University will take part.
The forum is a result of a partnership between Bayer – a company which works in health care, nutrition and high tech-materials – and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Bayer New Zealand corporate communica- tions manager William Malpass says he is thrilled with the quality of the five New Zealand students.
“The passion for and understanding of environmental issues that these students have is exceptional and their desire to act as leaders for other young people gives me confidence in their ability to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.”
Students will be challenged to question and try to understand the compromises in New Zealand as a window into the similar issues in their own countries.
Held every two years, the forum brings 25 tertiary students from eight countries throughout Asia-Pacific together, to learn about sustainability and work on a case study.
For further information visit www.ecominds.bayer.com.