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.