Students from across the globe lead climate change webcast during COP18/CMP8 Doha
- Qatar: Thursday, December 06 - 2012 at 11:43
- PRESS RELEASE
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges young people face and one that every country in the world has a stake in addressing. The UN Climate Change Conference, COP 18, which is taking place in Doha, Qatar, speaks to the fact that education is a critical component in sustaining Qatar's yearlong leadership of the COP process.
As part of this initiative, QFI's Youth Ambassadors for Science and the Environment from Brazil, the U.S. and Qatar, in collaboration with GNG, held the first ever student-led webcast program focusing on the climate change debate at the Qatar Leadership Academy. In this student-led webcast, a student facilitator guided the discussion among the guest expert panel, which included Andrew Wilson, Vice President of Foundation Relations at Conservation International, Talar Sahsuvaroglu, Environmental Specialist, Stefan Gsanger, Secretary General of World Wind Energy Association, and QFI Youth Ambassador, Nasser bin Marzook. The webcast was opened up for questions and comments from the audience, including those submitted through a live-chat function that allows audience members from around the world to participate. Questions poured in from cities across the United States, Brazil and Qatar.
"GNG is proud to engage youth to foster dialogue and understanding through this first ever student-led webcast being broadcast live from Doha, Qatar during the UN Climate Change Conference COP 18," said GNG's Executive Director, Chris Plutte. "The students have been working diligently and proudly showcased their work to the international audience."
Participants learned about important global climate change topics, from the potential of wind energy to the changing lifestyles of the native population in Canada. At the conclusion of the webcast, Maryam Al-Nesf, QFI Youth Ambassador and co-host of the webcast, asked the live and online audience, "Now that we know about climate change, what can we do to become more responsible global citizens".
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