City cli­mate rally

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

The re­sult of three months work pa­raded around The Square on Satur­day.

The city’s Youth Or­gan­ise Cli­mate March or­gan­ised by teenage mem­bers of Youth Ac­tion Group Manawatu (YAGM), at­tracted hun­dreds, young and old to raise their con­cerns about cli­mate change.

They joined thou­sands more in cities and town all over New Zealand as the Paris cli­mate talks, also known as COP 21 – the 21st ses­sion of the Con­fer­ence of the Par­ties – in­volv­ing more than 190 na­tions, were about to com­mence.

YAGM’s Hannah Hig­gi­son says they or­gan­ised the event to help send a strong mes­sage to world lead­ers that peo­ple are ex­pect­ing ‘‘good de­ci­sion making re: cli­mate ac­tion to come out of their meet­ing’’.

‘‘We be­lieve it’s im­por­tant for youth to take a lead in fight­ing for a fair fu­ture and we are pas­sion­ate about making change hap­pen,’’ Hannah says.

Dur­ing the rally, both For­est & Bird’s Brent Bar­rett and city coun­cil­lor Chris Teo-Sher­rell said the goals New Zealand was tak­ing to the talks were not bold enough and un­der­mined the coun­try’s global rep­u­ta­tion.

Pleased with the turnout, 17-year-old YAGM leader Kaia Costanza-van den Belt says it was her gen­er­a­tion who would feel the long-term ef­fects, but cli­mate change was ev­ery­body’s is­sue.

‘‘We be­lieve it’s im­por­tant for youth to take a lead in fight­ing for a fair fu­ture.’’ Hannah Hig­gi­son

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