Delegates ready for climate conference
Three Auckland central residents are gearing up to hold the Government to account on climate change.
At just 17 years old, Na’or Alfassi Berman is the youngest member of the New Zealand Youth Delegation heading to Marrakech, Morocco in November.
The delegation is making the trip to campaign for urgent climate action at the 22nd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22).
Berman, who lives in Grey Lynn, turns 18 (the cut-off age for the delegation) only a week before it leaves for Marrakech.
Other Auckland central residents in the delegation include law student Alex Johnston, 20, and Rachel Dobric, 24, a youth charity sector worker.
Berman, who is a poet, says his role in the team is described as an ‘‘action ninja’’.
‘‘My task is to get people at home aware of what is happening at the conference.
‘‘It is about putting our Government and world leaders to account. We will be a voice for New Zealand youth at the conference,’’ Berman says.
Being part of the youth delegation is something Berman says he has wanted to do for years.
It has even driven him to com- plete his last year of high school, achieving NCEA with Excellence, a term early so he can can attend the conference.
‘‘We stand at a critical moment in history and the future at once holds great peril but also great promise.
‘‘Joining hundreds of youth from around the world, I believe we have a fighting chance,’’ he says.
While this will be the first time Berman and Johnston have attended a COP summit, it will be Dobric’s seventh.
During the conference the delegation members will be working long days and nights, Dobric says.
She says COP22 will focus on putting the Paris Agreement, signed at COP21, into action.
‘‘They have dubbed COP22 the COP of Action,’’ she says.
The Paris Agreement is a deal between United Nation members to limit global warming to a 2 degrees Celsius increase by 2030.
New Zealand has signed the agreement but is yet to ratify it.
Climate Change Issues Minister Paula Bennett has previously stated ratification will happen by the end of 2016.
COP 22 runs from November 7 to 19. Go to givealittle.co.nz to make a donation to the NZYD team.