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Arts students attend Copenhagen as Australian Youth Delegates


8 January 2010

The Faculty of Arts has provided support to three students to attend the United Nations Copenhagen Climate Conference as Australian Youth Delegates.

The delegates are:

Ramya Krishnan

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Photo of Ramya Krishnan

18 year old, Ramya Krishnan is a second year Arts/Law undergraduate student at the University of Sydney majoring in Political Economy. Last year, she won the E.L. Wheelwright prize for coming first in Economics as a Social Science (ECOP 1001). She is passionate about social justice, and in particular about climate advocacy. In 2008, she completed an internship at Greenpeace Australia Pacific where she undertook research for the Climate Change Action Group and, in consultation with the organisation's international legal counsel, wrote a legal brief concerning the illegality of Japanese whaling and the legal remedies available to the Australian Government. In addition, she was on the Young UNIFEM Australia national schools outreach committee, helping to formulate a national strategy to raise awareness among high school students of international women's issues. In 2009, Ramya was NSW Recruitment Director, and prior to that Acting National Recruitment Director, for Power Shift 2009- Australia's first national youth climate summit. In addition, she was selected to participate in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition's Youth Climate Leadership Program.Ramya has also been actively involved as a leader in the university community, including as part of the UNIFEM Sydney University executive in 2008; and as a member of the Sydney University Law Society Community Legal Centre working group in 2008, and the University of Sydney Union Student Programs and Activities Committee in 2009. In September of this year, she helped coordinate several successful events on campus for Youth Decide- the national youth referendum on climate change. Ramya has also represented the University of Sydney at the Australian Inter-varsity Debating Championship for the last two years.She is an Australian Youth Delegate to the UN Climate Negotiations this December in Copenhagen and the USU Social Justice Convenor for 2010.

Josh Wyndham-Kidd

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Photo of Josh Wyndham-Kidd

Josh worked as an observer at last year's UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland, where he gave the final speech on forest policy to a negotiation forum, and represented Australian youth to international and domestic media, as well as in meetings with the Australian government. He works with the AYCC on forestry policy issues, and has co-authored policy submissions to government on the topic. He was a panellist at Power Shift 2009, Australia's first national youth climate summit, and spoke at the Sydney University YouthDecide forum. He is in the second year of a B.A. (Languages), majoring in International Relations, French, and Arabic, and is the Treasurer of the Sydney University radio station, SURGfm.

Sadhana (Sadhie) Abayasekara

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Photo of Sadhana (Sadhie) Abayasekara

Sadhie Abayasekara is a fifth-year Arts/Law undergraduate student at the University of Sydney. Last year, she graduated with First Class Honours in Arts (Philosophy). Under the supervision of Professor Duncan Ivison, she completed her Philosophy Honours thesis on the political implications of Derrida's cosmopolitanism for the issue of climate change refugees. Sadhie has been an active leader in the University community, including in the position of Vice-President (Social Justice) of the Sydney University Law Society in 2008, Women's Convenor of the University of Sydney Union in 2007, and Global Solidarity Officer on the Student Representative Council in 2006. She is passionate about environmental justice, as demonstrated by her involvement in the Australian Students' Environment Network and Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She was previously active in the Sydney University Environment Collective's successful campaign to commit Sydney University to $1 million in funding towards renewable energy research and development. In the last two years, Sadhie initiated and co-ordinated a long-term project to set up the Law School's first Social Justice Program. The Social Justice Program was established in 2009 to offer students accredited placements in community legal clinics. She remains actively involved in developing the Social Justice Program as student representative on the Faculty's Clinical Legal Education Committee. Sadhie currently works at the Sydney Centre for International Law, a research institute at Sydney Law School. She has previously worked as Research Assistant to renowned human rights advocate Julian Burnside QC in Melbourne in 2007 and 2008. In 2010, Sadhie will be studying international law at the University of Utrecht, near the Hague in the Netherlands. She is interested in pursuing postgraduate study in political philosophy and human rights, with a focus on the issues raised by the challenge of climate justice. In the future, Sadhie is passionate about using her skills in critical thinking, philosophy and law, to rethink and recreate global governance. She hopes to gain insights into current modes of international decision-making at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen - with a view to pushing for reform in the future.