Coleraine girl takes on climate change negotiations

COLERAINE woman Sarah Irwin has been selected to attend the United Nations Conference on Climate in Copenhagen this December as part of the UK Youth Delegation (UKYD).

23-year-old Sarah is the only person selected from Northern Ireland to attend as part of this delegation.

Sarah has just completed on MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen's University Belfast. She has worked with organisations such as WWF Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Housing Executive's Energy Services Unit and the Causeway Coast, and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT).

She was awarded the title of Miss Earth Water Northern Ireland 2009, when she attended the final of Miss Earth UK in August.

“It's frustrating to see our so-called ‘leaders’ appearing to be so unwilling to tackle this massive problem head-on," said Sarah from Cairnvale Park in the town.

“As a youth delegation, we'll be a visible presence in the conference venue, holding the UK government to account and making our voices heard.”

The youth delegation is entirely organised by the delegates themselves, who are currently fundraising to pay for the costs of overland (lower-carbon, of course) travel and accommodation in Copenhagen.

Sarah needs to raise a total of 1500 to send her to Copenhagen for 20 days this December, and she is calling for Coleraine’s help.

If you would like to make a donation to Sarah, to help fund her trip to Copenhagen, either go to and contribute your amount, typing 'Sarah Irwin' in the space provided after clicking on 'In honor of.'

Alternatively, you can make cheques payable to Sarah Irwin and send your donation to 6 Cairnvale Park, Coleraine, BT51 3BP. For more information on the UKYCC and Copenhagen, please visit

RIGHT: Sarah Irwin. CR42-346pl