University of Otago MSc student Jacob Anderson is
''excited'' to have been selected as one of four youth climate
change ambassadors to attend a United Nations conference in
Warsaw later this year.
Mr Anderson (23), a climate change researcher in the
university geology department, has spent two summers
undertaking research in the Antarctic.
The Antarctic played a ''fundamental'' role as an ''engine
room'' for world ocean systems, and Otago University was
deeply involved in Antarctic research in a host of fields,
including climate change, he said.
Mr Anderson was selected as a youth ambassador for the New
Zealand Youth Delegation, a UN-accredited organisation which,
since 2009, has sent young people to the United Nations
Framework Convention for Climate Change annual Conference of
He was pleased to be providing some Dunedin input into the
delegation, given that the other three youth ambassadors this
year hailed from Wellington.
He had already raised $500 towards the costs of his travel to
Warsaw, the Polish capital, and was optimistic he would raise
the further $4000 needed to fund his trip, although hard work
would be needed.
Mr Anderson said New Zealand's approach on reducing
greenhouse gas emissions was ''slightly more ambitious'' than
Australia's, but remained significantly weaker than the
European Union's stance.
The delegation would offer ''youthful positivity'' and wanted
to see New Zealand act far more ambitiously at this year's
climate change negotiations at Warsaw.
He was looking forward to engaging with Climate Change
Minister Tim Groser during the UN conference.