A student will be heading to Poland next month to join thousands of people calling for world leaders to “take action on climate change” at a major United Nations (UN) conference.

Efua Pokoo, 19, from Borehamwood, will travel to Katowice, on December 5 for the 24th Conference of the Parties, known as COP24.

Efua, who is a volunteer for the Catholic development charity CAFOD, is passionate about tackling climate change. In Poland, she will call on 200 UN member states to ensure the full implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Campaigners are hoping that member governments will show greater ambition in restricting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees and take action to have net zero emissions by 2050.

Efua will join campaigners from across Europe to share ideas for bringing about action back home in Hertfordshire to live more simply and sustainably.

She said: Efua said: “Climate change is a universal public bad, even though it may have been produced by one nation, it affects every corner of the globe. From agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa to weather forecasts in the UK.

“It is a matter too important to push to the side. Human consumption is ruining the planet at an alarming rate. Climate change is real and will leave a devastating mark.”