Kids keeping climate cool

17 February 2015

Primary school students from Nairnville and Karori spent their summer school holiday discussing what can be done to prevent climate change and how they can help.

A Guide to Keep Green by Kimberli Jones

A Guide to Keep Green by Kimberli Jones

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The students took action by designing and presenting posters on the topic and entering them into a competition.

The aim of the posters were to publicly raise awareness on climate change issues, using positive messages that suggest easy changes people can make to counteract impacts of climate change.

The project was part of an internship funded by Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wellington City Council and Victoria University of Wellington’s Summer Scholars programme. Shawnee Westerman, a fifth-year Law and Geology student, led the project.

Westerman’s decision to develop this project was due to her interest in environmental policy-making.

“The project has really shown me what a valuable resource the minds of children are. They are innovative and don’t make their ideas fit within a pre-existing mould, which is what we need to tackle climate change.”

Westerman found the conversations with kids about climate change eye-opening, and was surprised by the understanding of even the youngest of the age group – ranging from 5 to 12 years.

Three winners, Kimberli Jones, Kana Shinoda and Stephanie Turk, received prizes from Wellington Zoo and Zealandia. Their posters, along with other participants, will be displayed in the Cable Car’s Lambton Quay terminal and around Victoria University.

The posters are on display at the Cable Car Lambton Quay terminal until Friday 20 February.