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Students call for climate change action

Around 100 students took to Heipipi Endeavour Park yesterday to add their voices to the worldwide day of action over global warming.

Students from the city’s four high schools could be heard more than a block away, and were well supported by passing drivers, with lots of toots, hollers and loud horns from vehicles making their way around the Customhouse St-Reads Quay corner.

One of the organisers, Gisborne Girls’ High School student Lucy Coulston (above) led the students in chants supporting the cause. Placards bearing various messages, including ‘There is no planet B’ were prominent.

Parents helped drop off groups of students at Heipipi Park and schools also organised buses.

The students planned their protest at lunchtime so it would not interrupt their lessons.

Lytton High School student Kaea Rennie, 15, said it was not just about their future, but their children’s and grandchildren’s as well.

Fellow Lytton student Hikitoa Tautau, 15, said he was there to ‘make the world great again’.

Student protest against climate change - Lucy Coulston. Picture by Liam Clayton
Student protest against climate change. Picture by Liam Clayton