Nina Santos

Nina, 17, is a student and aspiring world changer at Auckland Girls’ Grammar school. She grew up in the bustling streets of the Philippines, where she experienced and witnessed first-hand the catastrophic impacts of climate change. This exposure opened her eyes to the serious conservation challenges for humanity, and since then she has been an avid advocate for global citizenship and youth involvement in sustainable development.

Nina has a strong interest in environmental politics, sociology and normative philosophy. Her involvements surround the objective of gaining and spreading critical awareness of the policies and geographies shaping our natural environments. She explores international case studies and the moral & societal dimensions of pressing global issues and solutions, which serve as a basis for sustainable progress. Following her passion for social transformation and environmental conservation, Nina co-founded her school’s sustainability group called the “Green team”, is an active member of the global citizenship committee, human rights group, student council & shall serve as Auckland Girls’ deputy head girl for 2016. Nina firmly believes that young people have so much potential to make a difference, and the youth taking action is a major step in building a productive and collaborative community. She supports and partakes in events which aim to empower and engage young leaders in decision making, such as the UNICEF youth congress, United Nations youth regional case competition and Envirochallenge. To further influence youth participation, Nina also chairs her local youth council, provides advice to various government agencies as a part of the National youth advisory group and is currently working with Hon. Nikki Kaye as Auckland central’s Youth Member of Parliament.