The People Speak Launches Global Debate Series

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Initiative asks high school students to debate how best to reduce global carbon emissions.

The People Speak (TPS) -- an educational campaign to engage the world’s youth on global issues -- announced today the launch of its Global Debate Series. The series will challenge U.S. and international high school students to debate two controversial issues: climate change and water. To date, events will be held in over 400 schools, representing 52 countries and 45 U.S. states. The first debates will take place from October 12-22, 2007 and will focus on issues related to the reduction of global carbon emissions.

“We are excited to launch the Global Debate Series to engage young people in a discussion about global affairs,” said Victoria Baxter, Executive Director of The People Speak. “This initiative provides students with a unique opportunity to connect with their peers worldwide to share different perspectives and creative arguments about current hot topics.”

The Global Debates Series launches on October 8th, 2007 with a debate at Randolph-Macon Academy, in Front Royal, Virginia. Moderated by President of Randolph-Macon Academy, Major General Henry M. Hobgood, USAF Ret., the debate will be followed by a video Q&A session that will be posted at http://www.ThePeopleSpeak.org. The event starts at 7:00 pm EST, is open to the public, and is expected to draw a crowd of over 150 people, including community leaders and the Randolph-Macon Academy Honor Society.

“We are pleased to have our students involved in debates which will not only be taking place in our classrooms, but also between Presidential candidates, in the halls of Congress, and at international organizations like the United Nations. The Global Debate series helps cultivate critical thinking on real world subjects, and provides our students with an extraordinary learning experience in global affairs,” said Major General Hobgood of Randolph-Macon Academy.

Round two of the Global Debate Series, from March 14-24, 2008, will focus on the question of whether water should be considered national property.

All participating schools are eligible to compete to win an all expenses paid trip to the UN Foundation Youth Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held at the United Nations in New York in July 2008. It will bring together student activists to learn more about the issues, tour the United Nations headquarters, and meet with UN officials.

For blog entries, videos, and commentary about the Global Debate Series visit http://www.ThePeopleSpeak.org.

About the People Speak

The People Speak is an educational campaign designed to engage young people on the global issues that will shape their future. Young people are ready to take on some of the most serious challenges and exciting opportunities facing our nation and the world. By engaging youth on issues like poverty reduction, global health, climate change, and more, The People Speak is inspiring young people to be a positive force for change in the world.

Press Contact:

Amy DiElsi

United Nations Foundation, Communications Officer

(o) 202-887-9040

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