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“Melbourne’s climate change rally has youth voice”

Hsin-Yi Lo picA climate change rally that heard from Indigenous people as well as from youth voices caught the camera of Hsin-Yi Lo, a Correspondent from Melbourne, Australia, who gave participants an extra opportunity to speak out.

Passionate demonstrators gathered in Melbourne on 27 November 2015 to kick off Australia’s march for Climate Change just ahead of the Paris Climate Change talks.

The Paris Climate Change talks have drawn a mixture of hope, criticism and passion from pro-environmentalist groups and individuals. World leaders like Presidents Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Vladmir Putin, Francois Hollande and David Cameron met and discussed how to limit global temperature increase by 2 degrees by 2100. The stakes are high in the meeting as global temperatures have risen between 0.4 and 0.8 degrees in the past 100 years.

Officially called the United Nations Climate Conference, the other primary objective is to secure a universally-binding agreement from all countries. This means, in a nutshell, countries are legally obligated to carry out policy frameworks set out at the COP. According to EDGAR (Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research), the biggest culprits of carbon emissions are: China, United States, India, Russia, Japan and Germany.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made Climate Change Australia’s top priority, putting in $1 billion to aid our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific. Since Mr Turnbull took over leadership, there are high hopes in Australia that Climate Change would get the attention it deserves.

Reach Hsin-Yi on Twitter @hsinyilo

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About me: I am a Multimedia Journalism Masters student at the University of Kent, UK. I am originally from Melbourne, Australia. I aspire to be a journalist because I enjoy story-telling and sharing knowledge and ideas. You can follow me on Twitter @hsinyilo

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response.
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