The first official day of The People Speak Spring 2010 Global Debates competition began this week on March 1st. Throughout the spring semester, high school students from around the world will debate over the topic, "Annex I countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) should provide significantly increased aid to developing countries specifically for climate change adaptation."
The Global Debates is a free competition in which students engage in a global discussion about crucial issues, such as poverty and climate change, and take action in their own community. First, participants are required to hold a public debate on the topic and write a climate change adaptation plan. Teams can then also organize activities for additional points, such as creating video PSAs, incolving elected leaders, organizing community service projects, and more! Winners of the competition receive a trip to the 2010 IDEA Youth Forum in the Netherlands, and six runner-up teams receive UN Foundation grants of $2,000 each.
Haven't participated yet? It's not too late! Register here to begin a Global Debates team, and then get started with the Spring 2010 Overview Toolkit. For more information, visit The People Speak website or Facebook page.