Two Southland teenagers with a passion for the environment have been selected to take part in the Sir Peter Blake EnviroLeaders forum.
St Peter's College student Jacob Phillips and Aparima College student Christina Grove have won places at the 11th annual forum in Wellington next month.
The pair will join 48 other students from across the country to learn more about ocean health and climate change.
Christina said she applied for the forum because she is passionate about climate change and wanted to learn more to educate other people.
"I am looking forward to meeting new people with similar interests to me as well as learning more about how climate change is affecting New Zealand and what we can do to minimise the effects".
For Jacob the forum was about gaining experience about the environment to broaden his view on what he wants to do when he leaves school, which is become a hunting guide.
The Sir Peter Blake Youth EnviroLeaders Forum is run in conjunction with the Ministry for the Environment.
Sir Peter Blake Trust chief executive officer Shelley Campbell said previous youth EnviroLeaders forums have given hundreds of year 11-13 students the opportunity to learn how to solve real environmental issues as part of a team and to challenge themselves to get outside their comfort zones.
"It's wonderful to see how much these young people grow as future environmental leaders over the course of the forum".
- The Southland Times
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