@9point non = SYDNEY — Students from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) were joined by environmental activists and high-school students to present Julie Owens, the federal Labor MP who represents Parramatta, with a copy of the declaration of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition on February 16 — World Kyoto Day. The AYCC is building a nationwide, youth-led campaign that calls for urgent action against the threat of global warming.
Young people in more than 20 cities across Australia converged on MPs' electorate offices to present the declaration.
"While I agree with most of the demands for clean energy, I cannot sign onto the declaration until I talk to my party", Owens told students. She added: "This ... Liberal government [is] playing wedge politics about the environment. They aren't considering that even a one metre sea level rise could be disastrous. We'll be taking this on board at the next election."