Murdoch University student Basha Stasak will be the voice of Australia’s youth when the United Nations gathers to find a way to address climate change in November.
“Our role at the conference is to observe the United Nations process and put pressure on our Australian leaders to sign onto a new agreement,” Basha said.
“This is particularly important as the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of this year, and in light of Australia’s new position on the UN Security Council, we need to show leadership in this arena.”
Basha, who is studying Law and Politics at Murdoch University, gained her passion for environmental issues during a study trip to Europe.
“I witnessed the incredible progress towards renewable energy underway in Germany,” she said.
“When I returned, I was disappointed to hear Australian politicians saying that no other country was making serious moves in environmental issues.”
Basha started the Western Australian branch of the AYCC, a youth-led organisation that educates, empowers and mobilises young people to act on climate change.
She was awarded the CCWA Young Environmentalist of the Year 2011 and was a finalist in the 2012 WA Youth Awards for her community work.