Climate Change

Kids, culture, climate change, and what it all means for business purpose


Kids, culture, climate change, and what it all means for business purpose

A few weeks ago, tens of thousands of Kiwi kids took to the streets. Not to goof off or create havoc, but to take a stand and demand change. This scale and level of activism hasn’t been seen since the Foreshore and Seabed Hīkoi in 2004. The Occupy Movement, Bastion Point and Springbok Tour protests were all influential and received widespread attention, but there’s something different about this climate change crusade we’re now experiencing. This movement is headed by a younger, more connected and engaged crowd, who are proactively looking to make a difference – the only way they know how.


In response to school strikes by students planned across the country, Secondary Principals Association president and Pakuranga College principal Michael Williams has said the students' impact on climate change would be "probably zero" and the students are "wasting good learning time" and will be marked as truant if they don't have their parents' permission to take the day off to strike. Pakuranga College student and 14-year-old Holly Rowsell shares the letter she sent him regarding his reaction to the climate change school strikes, and outlines why being marked as truant is wrong as her and other students aren't doing it to wag class, they're doing it to give power to the youth's voice on an issue that impacts most on them.

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Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has called climate change this generation's 'nuclear free moment'. Greenpeace communications specialist Sophie Shroder outlines what must change in order to work towards this goal, including investment in renewables, sustainable transport, and regenerative farming.