Two students from Warwick University will set off today for the Arctic on a Voyage for the Future.
Emma Biermann, a second year politics and international studies student, and Casper ter Kuile, a third year history and sociology student, have been chosen to become UK ambassadors for global climate change as part of a World Wildlife Fund programme.
Along with 16 students from eight other countries, they will travel to Svalbard, Norway, to witness the impact of climate change on the North Pole.
The 10-day voyage will include on-board lectures from WWF staff and expert scientists in the field. The ambassadors will then work with WWF to deliver its message for urgent action on climate change.
Emma said: “Climate change is the biggest issue facing us today, especially our generation. The Arctic is experiencing some of the most extreme effects, including melting ice-caps causing rising sea-levels.
“I am looking forward to uniting with other young people concerned about the effects of climate change and working together for emissions reductions globally.”
Casper said: “I’m volunteering with WWF because my generation needs a voice to force leaders to act on climate change. We need at least 80 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. Politicians, business leaders and the public are all beginning to take action on climate change – and I am determined to ensure that we continue”.
The students’ journey can be followed online at wwf.org.uk/voyageforthefuture.