July 25, 2019 Press Releases and Announcements

UPDATE: MSNBC Joins as Media Partner for GU Politics/Our Daily Planet Climate Forum, Now Scheduled for September 19-20

by GU Politics


Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, Our Daily Planet, and MSNBC
to Host Climate Forum with 2020 Presidential Candidates
All Declared Candidates from Both Parties to be Invited to Two-Day Forum

Media Inquiries:

The Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and Our Daily Planet, an independent environmental news organization, today announced MSNBC as the media partner for “Climate Forum 2020,” a two-day forum featuring 2020 Presidential candidates in conversation with young voters on the issue of climate change. Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” and Ali Velshi, host of “MSNBC Live,” will moderate the forum. The event will be streamed live on NBC News Now and featured over two nights of special coverage on "All In with Chris Hayes," which airs weeknights at 8pmET.

All declared 2020 presidential candidates from both political parties have been invited to participate in the town-hall style forum at Georgetown University on Thursday and Friday, September 19th and 20th. [Note new dates.]

Each candidate will begin his/her allotted time by discussing his/her vision for addressing and limiting the effects of climate change in conversation moderated by MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi. Candidates will then take questions from students at Georgetown and other DC-area universities, as well as from other partner universities across the country.  

“Poll after poll shows climate change consistently rates as one of the most important issues on the minds of young voters heading into the 2020 election,” said Mo Elleithee, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service. “Our forum is a tremendous opportunity for each candidate to dive deep into the issue in front of a national audience, while engaging in real dialogue with young voters. We’re thrilled to partner with Our Daily Planet and MSNBC to host that dialogue at Georgetown.”

“We believe it is critical to have a deeper discussion with the Presidential contenders on this urgent issue and are grateful to be working with the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service and MSNBC to make it possible,” adds Monica Medina, Co-Founder of Our Daily Planet.

Additional information will be shared in the coming weeks on our website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed

WHAT: Climate Forum 2020, a conversation between presidential candidates and young voters on the issue of climate change.

WHEN: PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE: Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th

WHERE: Gaston Hall, Georgetown University


  • All Declared 2020 Presidential Candidates have been invited
  • Moderated by Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” and Ali Velshi, host of “MSNBC Live”
  • Students from Georgetown University, other DC-area universities, and early and primary states


  • Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service
  • Our Daily Planet


  • Media interested in attending must RSVP through this form by September 18th, 2019 at 12PM E.T. 
  • Press will need to present valid credentials at check-in.
  • There will be no question and answer for attending press during the events.

The Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) connects and empowers students and the community in an effort to improve and reimagine politics and public service and reaffirm its promise. Founded as part of Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy in the fall of 2015, GU Politics programming is open to the entire University community.

The Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to teach our students to design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world.

Our Daily Planet is the largest independent daily environmental newsletter in the U.S., dedicated to illuminating conservation and sustainability issues that are central to the daily lives of Americans. Our Daily Planet brings its readers the most important news on a wide variety of topics, with particular focus on climate change, in a quick and easy to consume format. The newsletter aims to make taking action easy by providing readers with the information they need to get involved and to make informed choices that can make a difference to the planet and all of its inhabitants.  

MSNBC is the premier destination for breaking news and in-depth analysis through commentary and informed perspectives. Reaching more than 96 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers live news coverage, influential voices, and award-winning documentary programming – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MSNBC also delivers breaking news and information across a variety of platforms including www.msnbc.com, MSNBC on Sirius XM radio and TuneIn. The MSNBC App for iOS also provides access to live streaming and full episodes of select programs. Watch MSNBC anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.  MSNBC is part of the NBCUniversal News Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, which is owned by Comcast Corporation. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.

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