Teens in­ves­ti­gate en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges


Tack­ling cli­mate change is a daunt­ing chal­lenge but two young Manawatu teenagers be­lieve there are mean­ing­ful steps within reach.

Year 13 pupils Tessa His­cox, from Frey­berg High School, and Stephanie Kelly, from Palmer­ston North Girls’ High, were among 40 stu­dents from through­out the coun­try who took part in the Royal So­ci­ety Pow­er­ing Po­ten­tials con­fer­ence dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

The four-day con­fer­ence, held in Welling­ton was de­signed to start young peo­ple on a con­fi­dent path to think­ing through real world prob­lems, and find sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal an­swers.

Dur­ing the event, the teens heard from sci­en­tists from Zealandia, GNS Sci­ence and Busi­nessNZ.

Groups then formed to take on as­sign­ments, which in­volved brain­storm­ing solutions for dif­fer­ent is­sues that will pose a prob­lem for New Zealand be­cause of cli­mate change in agri­cul­ture, bio­di­ver­sity and avi­a­tion.

Tessa’s group talked about flood­ing is­sues for the Welling­ton re­gion.

Stephanie’s group worked on how in­dus­try can be proac­tive to com­bat cli­mate change.

Both girls hope to be­come en­gi­neers, and be­lieved there were many re­al­is­tic steps avail­able in New Zealand to come to grips with cli­mate change.


Sky high en­vi­ron­men­tal thinkers, left, Tessa His­cox, right Stephanie Kelly, both year 13.

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