EMPOWERING THE CLIMATE GENERATION
‘Inspiring’ is the best word to describe CliMates and why it was created :
an intense combination of excitement and frustration.
Henri Landes & Margot Le Guen
What if the 2009 Copenhagen climate negotiations on climate change (COP 15) had gone differently?
To answer this question, in June 2011, 200 students participated in a simulation of this international conference. This innovative summer school project, called COP RW (Rewind and Rewrite), was co- organized by Sciences Po and the IDDRI (Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations). During this simulation, young participants succeeded in reaching a more ambitious agreement than the one achieved by official governments. Both awakened and frustrated by this result, Henri Landes and Margot Le Guen wanted to go further. They decided to launch a think-and-do tank focusing on climate change.