Trinity Catholic College Year 12 student Amelia Telford is off to Canberra to promote a clean energy future.
Trinity Catholic College Year 12 student Amelia Telford is off to Canberra to promote a clean energy future. Jacklyn Wagner

Amelia to tell Senate what's what

LISMORE student Amelia Telford has a message for the Australian Senate - act on climate change and pass the Government's carbon tax.

It's a message Amelia will soon be able to deliver in person.

The 17-year-old from Trinity Catholic College is one of 30 volunteers from across Australia who will travel to Canberra next week to talk to parliamentarians ahead of the Senate vote on carbon price legislation.

Amelia will leave for the nation's capital on Saturday and will meet with politicians on Monday.

She said she was hopeful she could appeal to parliamentarians not just on a political level, but on a personal level too.

"Our goal is to influence the Senate to pass the carbon tax. But I think personally I'd like to speak to them on a more emotional level so they can see the emotions we're feeling towards it," she said.

Amelia was selected to travel to Canberra after giving a speech at the recent Power Shift conference in Brisbane.

Power Shift, which featured prominent Australians including Dick Smith, was a forum organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition to discuss action on climate change.

Amelia said forum organisers told her that her speech could be equally effective in Canberra.

"They said to me there were parts of my speech I could adapt to appeal to politicians," she said.

Amelia said she was looking forward to seeing the political response to climate change and the challenge of creating a sustainable economy up close.

"Going to Canberra will be great because I'll be able to see things happening first-hand," she said.

Ms Telford and others keen to see a price placed on carbon pollution are highly likely to get their wish by the end of next month.

The Government and the Greens have the Senate numbers to ensure the clean energy legislation, which has passed the House of Representatives, will become law before the Senate rises at the end of November.



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