Al Gore enlists youth for new climate campaign

Al Gore is calling on young people to help make climate change a wedge issue in elections and build momentum for an international treaty.

The former vice president's Climate Reality Project launched a new campaign last week that aims to recruit 13 to 21-year-olds to speak out in support of the climate movement.

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“Climate change is the number-one issue facing humanity today and should be acknowledged as such by our leaders," Gore said in a statement. "It is important for the future of our children to ask world leaders 'Why?' and 'Why not?' and drive our elected officials to act on climate change."

The global campaign called "Why? Why Not?" is meant to coincide with the United Nations climate summit in New York on Sept. 23.

On Friday, Gore's climate group invited young people to submit a short video asking leaders a "why," or "why not" question on climate change and possible solutions.

The videos will target specific countries the Climate Reality Project says are "critical" to the international climate agreement process leading to the Paris 2015 talks.

Australia, Canada, China, Brazil, the U.S. and the Phillippines will be the main subject of the videos.

Those who submit the six best submissions will be flown to New York to attend the climate summit next month.