TEMPE, AZ — An Arizona State University student studying sustainability will be heading overseas for an upcoming global climate change conference.
Tammy Nguyen, a senior sustainabilty major at ASU, is gearing up for the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP25. She’s one of nine students that will be representing the university this December in Madrid, Spain.
Originally, COP25 was supposed to be held in Santiago, Chile, but due to the protests in that country, the Chilean President decided to withdraw the capital as the host city.
The conference is where problems and solutions regarding climate and climate change will be discussed, including the impacts on human health. Nguyen she she wants to absorb it all.
"I want to see how people are talking about this. The dialogue around it," Nguyen said.
Her goal is to educate the younger generation on how to be more sustainable with natural resources.
It’s something that piqued her interest at a similar conference years ago.
"That youth specific conference is what impacted me and ever since those years ago, I've directed all of my passions and involvements into youth involvement," Nguyen stated.
Other meetings at the conference include the Kyoto Protocol, which aims at reducing carbon dioxide emissions globally, and the Paris Climate Agreement, which the United States is withdrawing from.
Nguyen says it hasn't stopped her passion.
"It's not like the whole country has turned and had this viewpoint. There are still select people and governments at different levels, the state of California for example, that are still advocating for these things and it's inspiring," she said.