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Climate change, leadership and young people: join the debate

How can we make sure world leaders take the bold action needed to tackle climate change – and what can young people do to spark political momentum?

Join the discussion with The Elders, students and climate activists next Tuesday.

The Elders climate change event with young people

World leaders are due to agree a new international climate deal in Paris in December 2015. On the road to Paris 2015, how can we encourage them to take bold action to address climate change? How can we ensure that the most vulnerable are heard and part of the solution? How can young people spark the political momentum needed?

Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani and Mary Robinson will debate these questions next Tuesday with students, climate activists and young entrepreneurs in Paris.

What: A debate on climate leadership and youth
Who: Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani and Mary Robinson, moderated by Laurence Tubiana, professor at Sciences Po and Columbia University and Director of IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and and International Relations)
Where: Sciences Po, Paris – and live-streamed to a global audience
When: 17.00-18.30 CEST, Tuesday 22 April 2014

The event will be live-streamed on The Elders website – and you can follow the conversation on Twitter too. Send in your questions now to join the discussion and have your say.

What’s your question for the Elders on climate change? Post in the comments below, or tweet using #ScPoElders.

Read more about The Elders' position on climate change.

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Have a question for Jimmy Carter and Hina Jilani ahead of their #climatechange debate? Tweet it using #ScPoElders…
@TheElders To mitigate the effects of #climatechange, we need to #involveyouth in decision making process as partners & leaders. #ScPoElders
Question to @TheElders: do you believe in bldg a strong & single coalition w/ progressive #youth, #unions, #business to #cop21? #ScPoElders
Got a question for Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani & Mary Robinson about #climatechange? Tweet using #ScPoElders…
@TheElders Remove the $500Bn subsidy to Carbon, put a tax on carbon, and raise the $66Bn subsidy for renewable energy. #scpoelders
Youth must actively participate in advocacy, national adaptation & mitigation actions, along with international negotiations #ScPoElders
'Never accept status-quo, stand up for #climateaction' Laurence Tubiana at #ScPoElders #climatechange #Cop21
And now begins the awesome "grandpa fireside chat" with Jimmy Carter ! #scpoelders
@TheElders #scpoelders Mr. Carter can we do anything to slow #climatechange if we can't get business/consumers to consume less?
I'd like to think that countries like the PH are advocating environmental policies, they're just shoved down a lot. #ScPoElders
@TheElders How can we push world leaders to agree an ambitious #climate deal in Paris in 2015? By showing that solar is economic #ScPoElders
How can we push world leaders to agree an ambitious #climate deal in Paris in 2015? Tell us what you think #ScPoElders
@TheElders: Leaders want $ + personal legacy. Show biz case & why history will remember them for big action vs #climatechange #ScPoElders
@theelders Making change in meteorological variables in the world over long periods of time. #ScPoElders
How can young people spark the political momentum needed to address #climatechange? Share your ideas #ScPoElders
@TheElders One people, one planet. That's reality. That's the solution. #Paris2015 #ScPoElders
Develpment goals must be very conscious of the connection to climate change - Hina Jilani… #ScPoElders #MDG #post2015
@ElisaPeter @TonyAbbottMHR @sciencespo Us Aussies will fight against the repeal of aus' carbon pricing scheme!!!! @TheElders #ScPoElders
@TheElders #scpoelders #sustainability and #business seem at odds where wages are based on #consumption. How do we morph to something better
Leaders should not underestimate the power and responsibility of young people to address the biggest challenge of our time. #ScPoElders
Jimmy Carter : "#climate change gives us a chance to stretch our minds and our hearts. It´s a great topic for exploration" #ScPoElders
Inspirational #ScPoElders event in Paris 2day. Message 2 youth: think BIG, the future needs u 2B changemakers & advocates 4 #climatejustice
I'm such a fan of Hina Jinali. She calls for solidarity, climate justice, equity and corporate social responsibility. #ScPoElders @TheElders
#ScPoElders Make space for environmental protection in the post-2015 agenda #SDGs @ClimatDev
#ScPoElders #climate Hina Jilani: "We should never stop being outraged, never turn away for injustice. That's the day we stop making change"
#ScPoElders : How can we expect China to change its lifestyle to a more ecofriendly one, when it only thrives to become like the US?
@HuffPostGreen #ScPoElders What about having one world body with absolute power to impose sanctions on violators and emitters? Clock ticking
@TheElders By giving Women all over the world education & access to contraception. Population control is the only way forward.#ScPoElders
"One thing we cannot afford as #humanrights defenders is pessimism." Hina Jilani #ScPoElders
How can young people spark the political momentum needed to address #climatechange? Share your ideas #ScPoElders @TheElders #youth
#ScPoElders Jimmy Carter: If we don't address global warming, we're going to see rapidly increasing conflict around the world.
@TheElders Is transpotation a big part of the problem when it comes to #climatechange ? #ScPoElders
#ScPoElders There is plenty of renewable energy on the planet. Why do dirty utility companies monopolise the production of dirty energy?
Jilani: we cannot afford cynicism in tackling #climate change #ScPoElders Especially youth whose lives will be defined by action or inaction
How do we develop collective & individual responsibility/perception chng for #climatechange as scientific facts are not enough? #ScPoElders
@TheElders EINFACH #Marx lesen, ARBEIT wiederentdecken… #climate Change is not possible with #Capitalism #ScPoElders
@TheElders those that produce the most emissions have to make the greatest effort to reduce them, no matter economic impact #ScPoElders
#ScPoElders If we have the technology, why we still burning fossil petrol for our vehicles? And without solar and electricity technologies… The vision for Essene is to create internet connected, carbon-free villages with shared resources #ScPoElders .
#ScPoElders Slavery once seen as only way to power civilisation. Now it's carbon. Find the abolition parallels - make it a moral imperative.
@theelders Carbon is black - attracting too much heat. Let's use Titanium Tetrachloride to turn smoke into white. #ScPoElders #ClimateChange
#ScPoElders Do you agree with @DalaiLama that nuclear power should be supported to help meet human development needs?…


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