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SSC Newspaper : November 2011
14 Strathfield Scene life november 2011 Green and keen As the the only youth delegate to a climate-change conference, Katherine Tu might be a little daunted. Far from it, Bernadette Chua reports. THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY Todays new releases are I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT ANONYMOUS eventcinemas.com.au to book your priority tickets today! See THE WARRIOR in at Event Cinemas Burwood & receive A FREE Fitness First guest pass! SMURFS 2D IN TIME Mums and Bubs invited to this session for only $8! Todays new releases are MONEYBAll THE DEBT FASTEST (limited release) eventcinemas.com.au to book your priority tickets today! Try a sample of our new Kiwi lime Frozen Drink today! See MotoGP documentary FASTEST at Event Cinemas Burwood Today! See MotoGP documentary FASTEST at Event Cinemas Burwood Today! Seniors Morning Tea: 10am TWIlIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 midnight sessions tonight! Todays new releases are TWIlIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 eventcinemas.com.au to book your priority tickets today! Try out the new SHlIX gelato range Two Flavours: $4.90 Three Flavours: $6.00 Try out the new SHlIX gelato range Two Flavours: $4.90 Three Flavours: $6.00 AURTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D All tickets $12* - 2pm Join Event Boy & Girl for face- painting, activities, games, lucky door prizes and more! MONEYBAll Mums and Bubs invited to this session for only $8! Todays new releases are ARTHUR CHRISTMAS THE IMMORTAlS eventcinemas.com.au to book your priority tickets today! Seniors Morning Tea: 10am Join Event Boy & Girl for face- painting, activities, games, lucky door prizes and more! SANTA’S APPRENTICE All Seniors are invited to join us at Set Cafe for morning tea! CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOVEMBER 2011 look out for our December School Holiday Activities with Event Boy and Girl! Visi t www . even t cinemas . com . au t obookyour t icke t sonlineandbecomeaVIPpriori t ycus t omera t Even t CinemasBurwood ! *Online booking free of $1.10 applies to all online tickets WED 30TH NOV 7PM $21* TRADITIONAL cinema tickets tickets $24* PACKAGES $65 We have gift cards to cater to everyone 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 K atherine Tu practises what she preaches. She recycles, composts and wears second-hand clothes. She doesn’t drive around in a Kombi van or walk around barefoot. But she is every bit as radical. She has quickly grasped, however, that to change the system youneedtobeapartofit. The vibrant 22-year-old is the only youth delegate chosen from the Inner West to represent Australia at a UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, later this year. The conference, the United Nation’s COP17 (Conference of Parties), will focus on securing a climate change deal before the expiry of the Kyoto Protocol climate change agreement next year. “I’m looking forward to it because it doesn’t just bring government officials together, but people my age,” Tu says. “The most interesting aspect for me will be talking with student representatives from developing nations to get a greater understanding of what their country’s stance of climate change is.” The Homebush West resident has for two years been a volunteer with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, which represents 30 youth-oriented organisations from around Australia, all with one vision – find a solution to climate change. This is no easy task in a country that has largely survived the global financial crisis thanks to minerals and coal mining and that has been riven politically by the carbon tax. “As I was growing up, my parents weren’t radical hippies who loved the environment. They didn’t hold strong views on climate change. It was never a big concern in my life until my friend asked me to join her at a climate change seminar which was hosted by the AYCC and my interest started growing.” Now, she devours books about climate policies to broaden her knowledge. And she has launched a personal crusade to motivate others her age to make a difference. “ There are a lot of people my age who are indifferent to climate change because they think it won’t affect them. Some young adults and teenagers feel a little overwhelmed and feel they don’t have any power. The AYCC gives young people some power and entitlement because we all need a say at the end of the day.” So far Tu has raised $1000 for the trip but she needs a further $4000 to cover her remaining costs. If you can help, she can be reached her at katherinetu@ youthclimagecoalition.org. “The AYCC gives young people some power and entitlement.” Leading the way: Katherine Tu says it is vital to give the young a voice on climate change.