A world-renowned conservationist believes today's young people have a chance to save the Earth.
Dr Jane Goodall is known for her ground-breaking research into chimpanzees, but in recent years has been spreading a broader environmental message, particularly around climate change.
She is in the country as part of a national tour, speaking in both Auckland and Christchurch about the state of the environment.
Dr Goodall told Chris Lynch that climate change is certainly an emergency, and has praised Environment Canterbury to become the first council in New Zealand to support that move.
"For too long, we've just talked about climate change as though it's something that might happen in the future, but because I travel around the world all the time, I've seen it happening."
She says that those who support tackling climate change will need to work harder to get their message out there, citing Labor's defeat in the Australian election.
Dr Goodall says that she has met a number of incredible young people who are taking action, who have given her hope for the future.
"They are really working to do things now, to do what they can. That mitigates the 'doom and gloom' effect of these constant announcements."
She encourages New Zealand to work together with other smaller countries, as they will be able to have a positive effect on the climate.