Secretary of State,
Chris Huhne, and Foreign Secretary, William Hague, led a panel answering
questions on climate change from an international audience of young people on 8
November. They were joined for this
‘Question Time’-style event by Ambassador Mxahato-Desiko, Climate Ambassador
for South Africa (host of the forthcoming UN negotiations), and Martin
Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council
The event linked
audiences of young people in the UK and South Africa, and was webcast live to
an international audience. Television
presenter Rick Edwards chaired the discussion, which covered a range of topics
from the UK’s policies to cut its own emissions to the international
negotiations, and from the role of governments and wider society to how young
people across the world can engage in the climate debate.
Speaking on the event Secretary of State Chris Huhne said:
"It’s hugely important that young people’s voices on climate change
are heard and I’m really pleased so many took part in the Question Time event.
Making the shift to a low carbon economy in the UK will create new markets and
exciting job opportunities for the next generation as well as providing a more
Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
"Climate change is perhaps the twenty-first century’s biggest foreign
policy challenge. We all have a responsibility to tackle this threat
and the decisions we take now will have a profound effect on future
"Young people in the UK and across the world play a critical role in
the climate debate, and it is essential that their opinions are heard
through events such as this. As we approach Durban, we all have an
important duty to show the next generation the leadership needed to
build international consensus on this vital issue."
You can watch the full webcast here.