The Lafayette Climate Debates / San Francisco
In anticipation of the 2015 Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, the topic selected for the 2014-15 Lafayette Debates is: “Resolved: That all states have an obligation to anticipate, prevent and minimize the causes of climate change, and mitigate its adverse effects”. In San Francisco, a debate between students from University of California Berkeley and Stanford University will be hosted by the Consulate General of France in San Francisco on April 24th, 2015.
The Lafayette Climate Debates include public debates at French consulates, an online speech competition, a national debate tournament on April 18th & 19th at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a study tour for tournament champions to Paris, France, organized by the Embassy of France.
During this study tour, tournament champions will continue their exploration of our tournament topic in meetings with high-level French officials, diplomats and scholars as part of our Young Ambassadors Program.
The 2015 debates will draw contributions and expertise from vast swathes of French and American intellectual, political and business circles. Participating students will benefit from a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of thinkers addressing the question of climate change and development from a Franco-American perspective.