WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To coincide with COP21 – UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC (WAC-DC) will host 150 Washington-Metro area high school students and teachers for a ‘Youth Forum on Climate Change’ on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, DC.
During an intensive day-long Forum, students will interact with environmental experts, scientists, and policy-shapers to understand the complex decision-making, within the international community, to achieve a universal agreement on climate change priorities.
Participants will learn about issues surrounding climate change and the impact they have on the global community and have an opportunity to hear from specialists and youth leaders – including stories from the National Geographic Society - Global Events Producer Wesley Della Volla; who has just returned from the Conference on Youth, that took place in Paris before COP21 and drew thousands of young worldwide delegates.
“Climate change is one of the important issues facing the world today. By leveraging our storytelling platforms and science and exploration programs, National Geographic and WAC-DC can play a vital role in engaging multiple audiences in insightful initiatives that will help change the world for the better,” said Mr. Della Volla.
Dr. Karl Hausker, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute will participate in a panel discussion on how youth leaders can impact climate policy. He stated: “Climate change is a global issue and it’s important to understand that changes we make locally have the ability to impact the international community.”
Additional panel participants include Blake Lynch with Climate Reality Project; Brad Schallert with The World Wildlife Fund; Dr. Astrid Caldas with Climate & Energy Program-Union of Concerned Scientists; Megan Rosenberger with Barrels by the Bay; and Emma Berg, an undergraduate student at Georgetown University’s Office of Sustainability.
This year, in partnership with Earth Echo International, WAC-DC is providing students with a mock-COP21 experience through interactive group simulation, which challenges participants to follow the same debate and decision process as the COP21-leaders in Paris.
The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC has held an annual Youth Forum Series for 15 years. Follow on Twitter and Instagram at @WAC_DC.
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