Making a stand on environment

ECO Warriors at a Banora Point school are looking to help change the world on Friday.

About 50 students from St Joseph's College will take part in Youth Decide, a national campaign organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and World Vision Australia, to allow 12-to-29-year-olds to vote on climate change.

AYCC co-director Amanda McKenzie said the future of the world's youth was at stake.

“Youth Decide is about giving the generation who will be most affected by the decisions made at Copenhagen the opportunity to vote for the world they want to inherit,” Ms McKenzie said.

“While the government can rescue irresponsible financial institutions and hand consumers cash, the environment won't respond to stimulus packages.

“Inadequate action will leave us with an irreversible debt that we won't be able to spend our way out of,” she said.

St Joseph's teacher Gail Berry said the student warriors have encouraged all students in the school to vote.

“We're also holding a carbon-friendly barbecue for the warriors on Friday,” Ms Berry said.

“It will be attended by a guest speaker from AYCC.”

The Eco Warriors will also be forming a giant 'Y' and 'D' on the school oval to voice their message.

World Vision's CEO Tim Cos- tello said that throughout history young people had been at the forefront of movements for social and political change and had an important role to play in the climate change debate.

Anyone between 12 and 29 can vote online now at www.youthdecide.com.au.



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