SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Grace Lawakeli will be the youngest contestant at the Digicel Ba Riverside Carnival.
However, she is not letting age get in the way of her participation.
The Year 12 Xavier College student is a climate change awareness advocate and will raise the issue during the week-long fete.
"I want to make people aware about the effects of climate change in our region," Miss Lawakeli said.
"Every day, we are seeing effects of climate change.
"Sea level is rising, there is a lot of pollution and changing weather patterns.
"Even in my neighbourhood, I see so many people polluting the environment by littering and there is deforestation occurring as well. All these acts are very harmful to the environment."