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Law School Exchange Student Uses Law to Stop Climate Change


Anna Rose, a Cornell Law School exchange student from the University of Sydney in Australia, recently represented her country at the United Nations in New York City, during the Climate Change Summit on September 24, 2007. Ms. Rose attended as the founder and coordinator of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, a group of 35 youth organizations working to affect environmental policies leading to global climate change.

"It was great to hear some of the world leaders talk about climate change with the kind of urgency and passion that gives me hope we can stop this climate crisis," says Ms. Rose. "It was important to have the opportunity to be representing young people at this event. After all, it is today's young people who will experience, and are already experiencing the first impacts of climate change, and our generation alone that has the ability, in terms of timeframe, to take the action needed to prevent the worst impacts."

Ms. Rose has a B.A. from the University of Sydney, and will receive a Bachelors of Laws with First Class Honors from them in 2008. She also has served as the National Organizer for the Australian National Union of Students in 2005, was a National Convener of the Australian Student Environmental Network, and was an editor of the University of Sydney student newspaper. In 2005, she was a youth representative at the Kyoto Protocol negotiations in Montreal. In 2006-2007, she did a clerkship with Baker & Mckenzie in Sydney, Australia, focusing on climate change law. And in 2007, she received a Global Youth Action Net Fellowship. Ms. Rose will be at C.L.S. until December 2007. In the spring, she travels to San Francisco, CA to work with Energy Action, an American youth climate coalition.