PLC puts the heat on Bishop

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

STU­DENTS from Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege are urg­ing Curtin MP Julie Bishop to fight for so­lu­tions to cli­mate change.

The stu­dents took part in a fo­rum and heard from cli­mate change ex­perts in Septem­ber, com­pil­ing a re­port with their rec­om­men­da­tions for tack­ling en­vi­ron­men­tal se­cu­rity.

Year 11 stu­dents Phoebe Met­calf and Danielle Tan de­liv­ered the re­port to Ms Bishop’s elec­toral of­fice last week.

Ms Bishop will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the United Na­tions Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence in Paris, which runs un­til De­cem­ber 11.

The re­port in­cluded the stu­dents’ con­cerns about Aus­tralia’s in­ac­tion on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and noted the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity would not con­done Aus­tralia’s “by­stander” ap­proach to cli­mate change.

“Hon. Julie Bishop, many stu­dents re­ferred to you as a role model, an in­spi­ra­tion, and even their pre­ferred op­tion for Prime Min­is­ter,” the re­port said.

“They place their faith in you to take a mo­ment to lis­ten and con­sider them, and to fight for long-term sus­tain­able so­lu­tions.”

Danielle said what was im­por­tant about the fo­rum was get­ting stu­dents to con­sider how cli­mate change could af­fect them.

“What is highly sig­nif­i­cant about this fo­rum is that we are not aim­ing to lec­ture stu­dents about cli­mate change, for this part of their syl­labus, rather, we are help­ing them understand its rel­e­vance to their own lives,” she said.

Phoebe said she hoped Julie Bishop would take on board the stu­dent feed­back.

“As young peo­ple in this elec­torate, I be­lieve we do hold a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that when Julie Bishop goes to Paris that it is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of her mem­bers,” Phoebe said.

“As stu­dents we are part of this, but in par­tic­u­lar we are the peo­ple who will be most af­fected by the pro­pos­als we put for­ward as we are the next gen­er­a­tion.”

WA stu­dent doc­tors marched at Welling­ton Square in Perth on Sun­day as part of the global push for ac­tion ahead of the cli­mate change con­fer­ence.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d447123

Danielle Tan and Phoebe Met­calf de­liv­ered the cli­mate change re­port to Curtin MP Julie Bishop’s elec­toral of­fice.

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