Congrats Brittany Trilford

May 29th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Listener reports:

Wellington’s will speak at UN Earth Summit in Brazil after winning Date With History contest.

A Wellington teenager will travel to Rio next month to school the world’s leaders on the challenges of the future, after topping a global online search.

Seventeen-year-old Brittany Trilford will address the Earth Summit this June 20-22 in Brazil as winner of theDate with History contest. (See tcktcktck for more.)

Congratulations to Brittany for winning the global contest. It is a huge achievement to win any global competition, and will be an even bigger achievement to speak to a major international summit at the age of 17. From the video though, you can see why she won – a very clear and confident speaker.

Now I don’t agree 100% with Brittany’s outlook. The actual IPCC projections on sea level rises are not particularly extreme, for example. But this post is not designed to be a forum on whether or not people agree on the impact of climate change, and the need for more sustainability.

I have always been a huge fan of young people taking an interest in political issues. They are the ones that are most impacted by the decisions of today. It is somewhat depressing that so many under 30s do not vote. I suspect Brittany will never be a non-voter, and that her winning the contest to speak to world leaders in Rio may motivate others to take an interest in issues that affect them.

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45 Responses to “Congrats Brittany Trilford”

  1. Grendel (875 comments) says:

    i love how none of these groups see any irony about flying around the world to talk about the dangers of carbon etc.

    while its good that she is a motivated young lady, what a waste of talent. she could be a great entrepeneur, rather than a green party moocher.

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  2. Manolo (12,637 comments) says:

    The result of endless lies and persuasice brainwashing!

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  3. Jimbob (639 comments) says:

    The word naive comes to mind. She seems to be very enthusiastic and has plenty of energy, but she needs to some serious research on her topics.

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  4. EverlastingFire (290 comments) says:

    Where did she receive her indoctrination?

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  5. mikenmild (8,890 comments) says:

    Good on her, but I wonder if she could just do a short presentation on NZ’s progress in impementing the Rio Declaration. It would be quite short, seeing we have no progress to report.

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  6. Andrei (2,431 comments) says:

    Where did she receive her indoctrination?

    Queen Margaret College

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  7. Jeremy (323 comments) says:

    It is somewhat depressing that so many under 30s do not vote.

    I think it shows a remarkable maturity amongst the under 30s, they have figured out there is no difference between National and Labour, so it matter not which welfare statists you vote for and they therefore stay home.

    I suspect Brittany will never be a non-voter, and that her winning the contest to speak to world leaders in Rio may motivate others to take an interest in issues that affect them.

    I suspect she’ll be a lifelong Green voter, which makes her a fool.

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  8. Martin Gibson (206 comments) says:

    Well said Jeremy.

    With the caveat of “good on her for getting there” my thought at the end was “What ideas?”.

    Aside from the admirable (though not new) concept of looking to nature for design cues, I just heard the series of cliches that comes from attending too many of those 350 meetings that have school kids demanding a drop in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide with the King Kanute-like enthusiasm that had people the same age whistling as they boarded the troop ships in 1914.

    Did you hear the “world socialism is good” programming? The need to erase history and start again? The need for strong world leaders?

    If it’s all accidental it’s an eerie coincidence, but I can see why the UN would choose someone with those opinions — they’re children returning home.

    She’s too smart to be a lifelong green voter, but if she gets in she could ride a gravytrain list post into her 40s.

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  9. Fletch (5,726 comments) says:

    Congrats also to 16 year old American Madeleine MacAulay whose video on youtube was pulled, probably because of her views on same sex marriage. Breitbart reported on the yanking of the video and agreed to host the video on their site. In an update only today, the video has been reinstated on youtube. Good for you Maddy.

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  10. Steve (North Shore) (4,327 comments) says:

    When she grows up she will become an actor just like – never mind, and make some real money.
    Good effort though at 17

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  11. ashnabasu (2 comments) says:

    I think a lot of people are forgetting the fact that the criteria for the competition was that the video needs to be like, two minutes long. It’s easy to say that she didn’t have any hard evidence or substantial research to back her claims but I highly doubt anyone would have listened to what she had to say if she just videoed herself citing an academic article.
    Furthermore, you can’t just assume she’s a ‘greenie’. I happen to know Brittany really well, and she doesn’t actually have a clear political affiliation – she has beliefs, and will ultimately vote for whichever party she feels best upholds them.
    Like this blog post says, it’s super admirable that she stepped up to try and initiate change, and to try and influence the changemakers. Don’t be so quick dismiss her as ‘naive’ and ‘excited’, particularly when all you’ve based your judgement on is a two minute video clip.

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  12. cha (3,539 comments) says:

    And don’t forget all that Christian love another 16 year old attracted Fletch.

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  13. Andrei (2,431 comments) says:

    Funny thing Cha, a person goes out of their way to fuck everybody off and then moans because people express their dislike of them.

    Atheists are such unpleasant and unloveable people

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  14. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,560 comments) says:

    And christians like you and Fletch are small minded bigots who are hilariously out of touch with the rest of the world. Stay on topic, you sound obsessed with same sex marriage. Go protest catholic sex crimes instead.

    Why are all these earth events in places where there are great beaches and a carnival atmosphere? Surely a skype conference would suffice? This is insane!

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  15. Griff (6,263 comments) says:

    You may have noticed that the feeling is mutual homophobe

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  16. cha (3,539 comments) says:

    Atheists are such unpleasant and unloveable people

    Yet I doubt there’s an atheist alive who’s as despicable as one of your mob Andrei.

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  17. graham (2,211 comments) says:

    Um … I’m confused, cha. I assume you’re talking about Pedro Hernandez, who claimed to have strangled a boy and left the body in a Dumpster? Which is horrible, true, but to claim there’s not one single atheist alive who hasn’t done anything as nasty? Bit of a stretch, I would have said.

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  18. Griff (6,263 comments) says:

    I apologize to all that read this post for the last comment of mine. It was unwarranted on a post that should be celebrating the achievements of a young girl who has toped the world in an effort to get her views across . Even though I do not share her political views I still think it is an outstanding achievement and she deserves praise and encouragement. Hopefully in the fullness of time one so bright will get a chances at joining our parliament and I look forward to more great things from her.

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  19. Johnboy (13,424 comments) says:

    It takes a BIG man to apologise Griff!

    Even if he is a scrawny little Welsh prick! :)

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  20. cha (3,539 comments) says:

    This:

    Mr. Rivera, speaking Sunday at his home in Blackwood, N.J., said it was not his place to call the police “because he did not confess to me” one on one.

    “He confessed to the group,” Mr. Rivera said.

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  21. ashnabasu (2 comments) says:

    I think a lot of people are forgetting the fact that the criteria for the competition was that the video needs to be like, two minutes long. It’s easy to say that she didn’t have any hard evidence or substantial research to back her claims but I highly doubt anyone would have listened to what she had to say if she just videoed herself citing an academic article.
    Furthermore, you can’t just assume she’s a ‘greenie’. I happen to know Brittany really well, and she doesn’t actually have a clear political affiliation – she has beliefs, and will ultimately vote for whichever party she feels best upholds them.
    Like this blog post says, it’s super admirable that she stepped up to try and initiate change, and to try and influence the changemakers. Don’t be so quick dismiss her as ‘naive’ and ‘excited’, particularly when all you’ve based your judgement on is a two minute video clip.

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  22. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,787 comments) says:

    Great, another Helen Clark in the making. Just what New Zealand needs.

    Maybe a little less time worrying about Gaia and a little more time spent worying about the economic wellbeing of New Zealanders would stop tragedies like that which occurred in Doha.

    This sums up the merits of this particular “Date with History”

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  23. big bruv (12,380 comments) says:

    One can only hope that this young fool buggers off on her OE and never comes back.

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  24. Fletch (5,726 comments) says:

    And christians like you and Fletch are small minded bigots who are hilariously out of touch with the rest of the world.

    Are we really? I’m sure you would like everyone to think so. I know that liberals are getting the most exposure on this same-sex thing thanks to the media being largely left-wing, and that is the way they would like it to be portrayed; however, I do not think I am out of touch with the rest of the world, as you put it.

    In the U.S, same-sex marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia, but 31 states have passed amendments to ban it. So, who is in the minority? it isn’t me. And as far as Europe, the European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that same-sex marriage is not a “human right”.

    Same-sex marriages are not a human right, European judges have ruled.

    Their decision shreds the claim by ministers that gay marriage is a universal human right and that same-sex couples have a right to marry because their mutual commitment is just as strong as that of husbands and wives.

    The ruling was made by judges of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg following a case involving a lesbian couple in a civil partnership who complained the French courts would not allow them to adopt a child as a couple.

    Again, it all comes down to perception. The thing is being pushed by the left wing, who own most of the media, and by Hollywood. Those people are the most vociferous, but it isn’t a true representation of how people feel.

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  25. kowtow (6,717 comments) says:

    Congrats………..for being a dupe.

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  26. Dexter (265 comments) says:

    Aren’t there some crappy fundie blogs you can spam your off topic videos Fletch?

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  27. marcw (206 comments) says:

    Ah, another Keisha Castle-Hughes or Lucy Lawless in the making. Spare us the sermons please!

    A tally of the carbon footprint for this pointless posturing would be helpful.

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  28. Griff (6,263 comments) says:

    fletch
    “but it isn’t a true representation of how people feel”.
    You ;do note the little survey on the home page of this blog
    We have a fair cross section of posters on this a right wing blog
    And other than a blip yesterday when I guess someone tried to astro turf it it has been pretty consistently about 50%support for ssmarrige
    I guess this is just another facet of your delusion
    This is not not appropriate forum for your homophobic ranting you should return to one of the relevant debates or post on GD or even better fuck of entirely

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  29. andyscrase (89 comments) says:

    Note how she says

    - we need an education system that encourages innovation.

    Meanwhile the product of liberal indroctrination will probably forge a career in preventing just that.

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  30. Shunda barunda (2,964 comments) says:

    Hopefully she will develop some of her own ideas one day, but you have to hand it to her ‘mentors’ they have done a wonderful job of the mind transplant.

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  31. louie (78 comments) says:

    Well done to Brittany, I’m sure she will do well and gain a lot on the trip.

    Regarding her future politics I have to agree with others here and hope she outgrows the greenwashing she has been subject to for the past 12+ years.

    Kind of related, I’ve been reading the letters to the editor moaning about the ‘paper boy tax’ change in the budget. If there is anything positive about that change it forces the young to confront the fact of taxation, ponder it’s justice and whether it is spent wisely. Perhaps a better education than a trip to Rio ?

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  32. krazykiwi (9,188 comments) says:

    Talent misguided is talent wasted

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  33. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    Are you sure it wasn’t a beauty contest she won. She spoke a lot of rubbish, if she wants a brighter future all she has to do is vote for John KEY. The video was easy on the eyes though.

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  34. mikenmild (8,890 comments) says:

    This young lady has a bright future already, regardless of John Key’s disinterest in actually doing anything while in office. It may upset some people that youngsters may actually have their own ideas about the world and how they would like to change that. But if their ideas are different from yours, it must obviously be down to some insidious form of indoctrination. Do you ever listen to your own teenagers’ ideas, or do you just expect them to support your own world view?

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  35. Paulus (2,298 comments) says:

    Sorry for this girl.
    She sounds convincing and even intelligent.

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  36. mikenmild (8,890 comments) says:

    I don’t think she needs your pity.

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  37. tom hunter (4,010 comments) says:

    It may upset some people that youngsters may actually have their own ideas about the world …

    Amazing how their own ideas (at least in this case) so perfectly match that of a 1960′s hippie.

    Still, it’s great to see that 21st century teenagers have imbibed many of the same ideas as the teachers I talk to about these subjects, a quite dramatic change from the days when the kids rolled their eyes in class at received common wisdom.

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  38. Fletch (5,726 comments) says:

    And other than a blip yesterday when I guess someone tried to astro turf it it has been pretty consistently about 50%support for ssmarrige

    Exactly.
    You say Potato, I say potah-to.

    From a May 16 Yahoo poll –

    A Yahoo! poll on the issue drew nearly 20,000 votes yesterday, with opinion closely split.

    With 41% of votes, the majority believed no, gay marriage shouldn’t be made legal, while 38% believe it should.

    http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/mp/13695877/yahoo-poll-results-gay-marriage/

    That is hardly me being “hilariously out of touch”, as Liberal Minded Kiwi would say.
    Being an internet poll, it also does not take into account of lot of elderly who do not use the internet (like both my parents).

    I guess what i am trying to say, is that the Left would like the country to believe that there is a sea change and that everyone is accepting of this now. That is the idea we’re getting from the left-wing media, but it is just the perception they are trying to get across. What I’d say to conservatives, is do not think you are in the minority – you’re NOT as the Yahoo poll proves (‘the majority’ believe gay marriage is wrong). Stick to what you believe is right and moral.

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  39. Fletch (5,726 comments) says:

    …oh, and that must also leave about 20% who don’t know. So, that’s still only 38% out of 100% who totally support gay marriage. The numbers don’t look so good now, do they?

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  40. labrator (1,691 comments) says:

    Interesting that she espouses Nature as the model but then requires a government to force her desired outcome. Nature doesn’t have a government so how does it work?

    Either way congratulations to her. An eloquent speaker and emotive writer.

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  41. St Hubbins (26 comments) says:

    Looks like the Greening of this young lady has worked just as her indoctrinators hoped.

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  42. mikenmild (8,890 comments) says:

    Whereas if she said things you agreed with, that would not be the product of any indoctrination? Patronise much?

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  43. St Hubbins (26 comments) says:

    Fair question, I suppose. My point is that the best “indoctrination” of a youngster is to encourage them to question things, to think for themselves. What she says in the video just sounds like regurgitation of the sort of stuff we hear from lefties / teachers.

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  44. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,560 comments) says:

    Fletch used a Yahoo survey to justify his bigoted point of view. At least it’s a little more accurate than the bible.

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  45. Jamjam (1 comment) says:

    “The actual IPCC projections on sea level rises are not particularly extreme, for example.” David, this demonstrates nothing less than a total lack of attention to what people are actually saying. What about the implications climate change has on food security and extreme weather? The food riots around the globe after the price rises of 2007/8 were a pretty big deal and that’s exactly why we should take matters into our hands on this one. There’s a reason the UN security council bills climate change as a threat to international peace.

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