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Generation 20/20: Agents for Change - Palmerston North Interfaith Group

Generation 20/20: Agents for Change - Palmerston North Interfaith Group

In August 2020 the Palmerston North Interfaith Group hosted 2 interfaith forums @ Café Royale, Square Edge where Palmerston North’s young leaders talked about changing the world they will inherit - on 4 August on Global Climate Change and on 11 August on Racism. The young leaders were from the Baha'i, Christian, Muslim and Sikh communities. This publication records the words of these rangatahi. 

Global Climate Change - 4 August 2020
For my Islands, I Raise My Voice – Grace Fakahau
Tongan; organiser of Student Strike for Climate Change; Student at Amanaki Stem Academy and Palmerston North Girls’ High School; Palmerston North Youth Council Chairperson.
Having Faith Does Make a Difference – Klem McJarrow-Keller
From St. Peter’s College and the Catholic community
Climate Change: What We Can Learn from Science and Islam – Agha Wajeeh
From Palmerston North Boys’ High and the Muslim community
Climate Change Action: Connecting with Young People – Jaspreet Singh
Researcher at AgResearch, a Crown Research Institute; born into the Sikh faith; founding member of Palmerston North Interfaith Group; member of Green S Welfare Force; active environmentalist, interested in history of places and migration
Climate Change: Our greatest moral challenge? – Kevin Tate- In Memoriam
Distinguished Climate Scientist, the late Dr Kevin Tate, speaking at the People’s Climate March in The Square, Palmerston North on 28 November 2015. The march was organised by Youth Action Group Manawatu as part of a nationwide demonstration of concern ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris

Racism - 11 August 2020
My name is Jasmine – I am a Māori – Jasmine Pai
Māori Bahá’í and Graphic Designer who stands with her people of Tainui and Te Arawa.
Moving Forward without Dropping the Ball – Elza Gibu Joseph
Service freelancer; trained Indian classical dancer; has given free lessons for events (last year taught 35 students and coordinated 2 programmes); Media coordinator for a number of events; Leader/organiser of ‘Focus Youth Group’; Teaches Bible Studies for the kids at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; student at St. Peter’s College.
The Role of Youth in Creating Constructive Change to Combat Racism – Tessa Ma’auga.
Art student and member of the Bahá’í community involved in the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme
Islam’s Answer to Racism – Agha Wajeeh
From Palmerston North Boys’ High and the Muslim community

The publication also includes The Story of Interfaith Dialogue in Palmerston North by Mary Eastham.