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Canberra’s Michael Mazengarb off to Durban

johnboy 29 August 2011

with the pm

The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment is letting us know that their Young People Ambassador Michael Mazengarb (currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering and Science at the Australian National University) is going to represent Australia at the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban later this year.

Mr Mazengarb, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering and Science at the Australian National University, said that he intends to be a voice for Canberra’s young people, and wants to take Canberra’s sustainability issues to the world.

“It should no longer come as a surprise to Canberrans that our ecological footprint is over 10% higher than the national average.” said Michael. “We are living unsustainable lifestyles and should all be actively trying to stabilise this trend.’

A recent report commissioned by the Office, highlighted simple ways in which we can help as individuals. Buying Choices for a more Sustainable Canberra emphasised the importance of making smarter, more eco-friendly choices when we shop, such as ‘stopping the one item shop’– rather than driving to the shops to pick up an item, choose to walk.

[Michael on the back right with the Prime Minister]

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