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Portal activations

Join us at Bin Jelmood House, Msheireb Museums, Downtown Doha
October 5 - 6, 2023

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Driving change: Is it time to ban gasoline cars?

Bin Jelmood House – Msheireb Museums, Downtown Doha

Thursday, October 5, 2023
2 – 3:30 p.m

Portal site: Johannesburg, South Africa
In partnership with the LCOY Conference.

Thursday, October 5, 2023
6 – 7:30 p.m

Portal site: Mexico City, Mexico
In partnership with Embassy of Mexico and the YouthPower organization in Qatar and Naj Hub and Nextia Lab in Mexico City.


The escalating effects of climate change are ushering in an era of more extreme weather events—just this year, we’ve seen devastating floods in New York, wildfires in Canada and Greece, and prolonged droughts in Iraq. As global awareness grows, there’s consensus among the world’s citizens that carbon emissions need to be curtailed. One of the primary sources of these emissions is gasoline-powered vehicles, which number approximately 1.1 billion globally. Not including commercial vehicles like buses and freight trucks, gasoline-powered vehicles account for 16% of total global carbon emissions. Many experts argue that phasing out these vehicles could significantly reduce our carbon footprint; others say that the process of making EV batteries would cause just as much environmental damage as gasoline-powered cars. The Doha Portal will provide space for young people in Doha, Qatar, Mexico City, Mexico and Johannesburg, South Africa to debate whether banning gasoline-powered cars is truly the solution to climate change, and if such a ban is even feasible.