School protests firing up

Taleah Panoho

College students are holding a second climate change protest this week, on Friday, May 24, as part of a global movement.

Among those who will take part is Orewa College student, 15-year-old Taleah Panoho of Dairy Flat.
Taleah took part in the March 15 climate change march up Queen Street and says seeing so many students come together was incredibly powerful.

Taking part in the demonstration is important to Taleah, because of her passionate interest in the science and effects of climate change. Last term she represented Orewa College at the World Vision Youth Leadership Conference, held in Auckland.

Her interest in the issue began last year. “Climate change was just a phrase that meant nothing much to me, but last year in social studies we looked at it and it totally opened my eyes about what it was doing to the planet,” Taleah says.

Through the Facebook page set up for the climate change protests, Taleah found out about a Youth Reporter competition run by the Jane Goodall Institute NZ for students aged 14-18. The 300-word essay that she entered won the Auckland-wide competition.

As a result, Taleah will be the official Auckland Youth Reporter for two Jane Goodall events this month.

“I am always looking for ways to get my views on climate change heard,” Taleah says. “I think if we all work together we can do something to help save the planet.”


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