Burleigh climber readies for Everest

26 Jun

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By Lauren Fenwick, Bond University journalism student

Burleigh’s Jessica Berryman has two mountains to climb. One is raising awareness of climate change. The other is Everest.

The 23-year-old will join 19 members of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition on a 12-day trek to Basecamp in September.

The team will climb to 5500m to raise awareness for climate change.

Jessica said she believed if enough people cared about climate change, the government would take the issue seriously.

“It’s about a sustainable future for us,” she said.

“I often hear people say ‘we can’t make a difference’.”

“Well, it’s the few who inspire the many.”

The team will work with local communities and the Himalayan Climate Initiative to implement new projects.

AYCC Co-Director and 2013 PM’s Young Environmentalist of the Year Award winner Kirsty Albion said the team had an amazing opportunity.

“It will be a life-changing experience to see the impact of global warming first hand,” she said.

“You can see the glaciers are melting.”

The campaign is not the only recent advance to fight climate change.

US President Barack Obama called for a reduction in carbon emissions and a push for clean energy earlier this week.

On July 13,  Melbourne will host Australia’s largest youth climate summit Power Shift.

The summit aims to shift Australia away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.

High-profile climate scientist James Hansen will attend the summit and address an expected crowd of 2000 youths.

Caption: Lee-Sarose Orevich honours Jessica Berryman with a certificate of appreciation for her work with climate change.

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