Baroness & NUS

October 1, 2008

It can be easy to feel that we’re far removed from all things political – Bills, Westminster, here-heres etc do seem like a world away.

On Monday, Baroness Morgan came to garner student opinion on climate change at the University of Warwick. It was great to see a Minister who’s portfolio has little to do with this issue genuinely express interest in the opinions of young people.

There were some intelligent questions from students concerned about the Climate Change Bill. Although brave in targets (Brown signalled an 80% cut in greenhouse gases is possible in his speech at the Labour Party Conference), there are still serious worries around new coal-fired power stations and the fact that international aviation and shipping are not included in the Bill.

I asked why the government wasn’t giving the public big solutions to the big problem we’re facing – and the Baroness took my point, and said that we are now at a stage where we should be bolder!

But even better than this discussion, was the chat I had with the chair, Susan Nash who leads on climate change issues for the National Union of Students (NUS). She’s excited about Green Finger, going to pass around the application form for the UN talks, and we’re really excited about working together to mobilise the incredible potential of the youth climate movement!


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