Daniel Trindade isn't a big shot in the political arena yet, but after attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, he hopes that will change.

Daniel Trindade isn't a big shot in the political arena yet, but after attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, he hopes that will change.

Trindade, 23, of Medway, a senior political science and international affairs major, was invited to attend the convention with a group of fellow Northeastern University students. His international conflict and negotiation class professor petitioned the convention for observer status for her students and officials agreed.

Q: What do you hope to learn at the climate talks?

A: I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the science behind global climate change. I understand many of the policy implications behind the issues ... Also I hope to better understand the process through which the global community negotiates such over-arching treaties and agreements, (such as) who gains, who gives in, and what the implications (are).

Q: Is there anyone in particular you would like to see talk?

A: President (Barack) Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The words of these men will dictate not only the urgency and style of the negotiations but also the strength of its results.

Q: Are there any particular subject areas you would like to see addressed?

A: Deforestation, the implications of climate change on global food policy, and the potential destabilizing effects of climate change on developing nations.

Q: Is there something about climate change you wish more people understood?

A: The urgency. In the United States, the average citizen does not seem to fully grasp the threats posed by climate change. Even if only the most conservative estimates are true, the effects on the United States will be devastating and a majority of that will come down on my generation and our children.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about your trip?

A: The city of Copenhagen and networking ... This convention amounts to the largest event in political science and international affairs of my generation. Everyone who is anyone in politics and policy will be there and I intend to find a job for after graduation.

Milford Daily News