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Students can make their vote count on climate change

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Curtin students can voice their concerns about climate change thanks to the recently launched Youth Decide website. The Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition (AYCC) and World Vision Australia have teamed up for Youth Decide, a national campaign encouraging 12-29 year-olds to vote on climate change.

Since the campaign was launched four days ago, more than 20,000 young people have registered a vote on what they believe should be the climate change target for Australia.

The votes will be tallied on September 21 and results will be presented to federal politicians, and at the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen in December.

Co-Director of the AYCC Amanda McKenzie said the youth of Australia needed to speak up about climate change because decisions made by politicians now, would affect the kind of world her generation inherits.

‘We don’t really have an advertising budget for this campaign because we rely on young people to pass on the message to their friends through social networking and general conversation,’ Ms McKenzie said.

‘If people care about it, they will pass it on and that’s the best way to create awareness’.

More than 1500 volunteers have registered to help promote Youth Decide all over Australia.

The AYCC was formed in 2006 to create a nationally unified voice for the youth of Australia on climate change issues. To register to vote, visit the Youth Decide website.

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