Student Lizzie set for UN climate conference
PUBLISHED: 09:46 28 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:46 28 May 2015
A Budleigh student is preparing to help make young people's voices heard on the world stage, as leaders debate the planet's response to climate change.
Lizzie German, 22, of Fore Street Hill, will be attending the UN’s annual conference on climate change as a youth representative for the UK.
Lizzie, who is currently studying for a masters degree in sustainable energy at Imperial College London, will be attending the event, in Paris, in December.
She will be attending with campaign group UK Youth Climate Coalition, which gets given places by the UN.
Lizzie will also attend pre-conference negotiations in Bonn in June, and is hoping to play a role in lobbying for action, and also raising awareness of the negotiations among young people.
Lizzie said: “I’m so excited. The Paris event will be really high profile.
“We will definitely be lobbying people. If the delegates do something we don’t like, we will protest, but we also get to sit in on all the talks that go on, and side events where different interest groups will get together.
“Also a big part for me is telling people about what’s going on. I think it’s a really important issue and telling it, in particular from a young person’s point of view, will be a really important part of why I’m going.
“It is absolutely vital that people are aware of what’s going on in Paris and show governments that this is important to us.
“For young people in particular, who will live in a world significantly warmer and less predictable than that of their parents, this deal is crucial.
“If something doesn’t happen and they don’t reach a global deal, it’s pretty much the last chance we have to keep global warming below two degrees celsius.”
● Lizzie added that she would like to encourage other young people to get involved by visiting http://ukycc.org