Youth urged to get more involved in climate change issues

Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) Young people in Taiwan should reach out to the world and help Taiwan get more involved in global discussions on climate change, eight college students said Saturday, ahead of their departure for a United Nations climate conference in Doha. United in the belief that safeguarding the environment is not the sole responsibility of the government, the students said they want to help generate new ideas and form a global network of young activists at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, which will be held Nov. 26-Dec. 7. "Young people have a significant role to play regarding climate change," said Chang Liang-yi, leader of the youth delegation. Since Taiwan has limited international space, grassroots mobilization has become especially important, which is why young people should take more actions to reach out to the global community, he said. Chang, who is also president of the Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition Association, said the delegation has been actively working with young people in Japan, Russia, the United States and China to address the issue of climate change. Having consulted with local agriculture experts on the study of agricultural technology transfer, Chang said he hopes the delegation can contribute to global efforts toward solving food crises. The team is also eager to learn from other countries from a policy perspective, he said, criticizing the Taiwanese government for its hesitancy in implementing environmental policies. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)