Student is off to Paris for climate change talks

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A UNIVERSITY student is heading to Paris to take part in a UN conference on climate change.

Kate Eastmond, 19, pictured, will stay in the French capital for four days from Wednesday for the ongoing talks, which involve representatives from more than 190 countries.

Kate will be part of a group from Catholic aid agency Cafod, which is calling for an agreement to prevent the changing climate from pushing people deeper into poverty.

She said she was inspired by a plea from the Pope urging nations to cut emissions.

Kate said: ‘I’m responding to the Pope’s call to action by holding myself accountable and trying to make a difference right now.

‘We need to realise what is most important to us and what we risk losing if we don’t 
act.’

Ms Eastmond also went to Nicaragua in South America with Cafod earlier this year.

She said: ‘I can’t wait to go to Paris to share the experiences and stories of people I was lucky enough to meet in Nicaragua.

‘One man, Juan Carlos, told me that climate change will affect everyone, with rises in food prices and fewer job opportunities, and that when it comes to changing the world we have to start with ourselves.’