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.