As part of our Debating Europe Schools initiative we regularly take questions from students and put them to European and international leaders. So, last week, we did exactly that when we put three student questions about climate change to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during an event co-hosted with our sister think tank, Friends of Europe. You can watch the full video from the event here, but we’ve also taken Ban Ki-moon’s responses to the students and posted the videos below.
During his speech, Ban Ki-moon said that world leaders are “narrow-mindedly looking at national agendas” and will regret neglecting the climate. He also warned that governments are running out of time to come to an agreement, and they “cannot negotiate with nature.” Talks are currently taking place over an international climate change agreement to be signed at the Paris climate conference in 2015.
The first of our questions came from a student at the European School of Brussels, who wanted to know if it would really be possible to reach an agreement between so many different countries:
Our next question was sent in by Christian from the Business Academy Aarhus in Denmark. He wanted to know what Ban Ki-moon would do if he were 20 years old and wanted to help protect the environment:
Finally, we had a question from a student from Finland who asked what Ban Ki-moon would say to all the people who are still sceptical about climate change:
Will the international community be able to reach an ambitious agreement on climate change before it’s too late? What can young people do to help raise the environment to the top of the policy agenda? And can anything convince climate change sceptics? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policy-makers and experts for their reactions!