Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called on university students in the US to devote their time and talents to tackling climate change.
In the US for the third G20 meeting, Rudd took the opportunity to speak to students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh about climate change.
He told the students that human use of technology had created global warming and it was humans inventing and adapting new technologies, that would lead to reduced emissions.
But he said he would not ask students to do the work without first offering some help himself.
“Now I know that it is not fair to ask people to do something without offering up something yourself. So I say to you that I will be doing my best – here in Pittsburgh and at every other opportunity in the lead-up to Copenhagen – to build the political will necessary to get a positive outcome for the planet come December,” he said.