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July 23rd, 2009

International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change


Last Sunday, on July 19th, Robert Swan was a keynote speaker to over 300 young leaders from over 30 nations, all participants at the International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change. The conference, which aimed towards carbon neutrality, was held at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. The IYSECC, which works towards mobilizing the youth generation to play an active role in fostering cooperation towards a low-carbon, efficient, clean, and sustainable future, is the first-ever global youth conference focusing on energy and climate change issues in China.

Robert’s lecture, which touched on his own expedition experience and the E-Base and then culminated in encouraging youth entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector, was presented digitally, from Australia. By communicating via the internet, Robert’s contribution was both carbon-emissions free and fit in with the conference’s global theme while highlighting the continuing potential for digital collaboration to be a key method of broadcasting the climate change message across the globe.

Several of 2041′s IAE Team China alumni were involved in connecting Robert with IYSECC.