Thousands of people tuned in to watch the CNN/YouTube climate change debate, which took place Tuesday at the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The panel included Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; U.S. journalist and author Thomas L. Friedman; Bjorn Lomborg, author of the “The Skeptical Environmentalist;” Hollywood actress and environmental activist Daryl Hannah and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
YouTube users were asked to submit questions and John from the Republic of Ireland wanted to know whether the panel thought that world leaders were taking climate change seriously enough.
Hannah replied that “This is definitely a defining moment for our politicians and world leaders to take a stand to make real change from a fossil fuel economy to a new energy independent economy.”
Kofi Annan, who joined the debate via a live satellite link from Geneva, said the whole world was in the same boat.
“We must come together to protect the planet,” he said. “It is our collective responsibility. We cannot resolve climate change in one nation, or one continent and not in another,” he continued.
The program also showcased the winners of the Raise Your Voice video competition and featured a recorded video message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who warned about the impacts of climate change.
Check out a clip of Daryl talking very convincingly about living by example. It’s not often you hear someone on CNN talk about what type of toilet they have. Keep walking your talk, DH.
You can find more clips of the debate right here.