Building new coalitions to win the race to zero emissions by 2050!

Academy Award winning film producer Dirk Wilutzky (CITIZENFOUR, 2014) will discuss a series of short films that are planned as part of the "Transformative Urban Coalitions (TUC)“ project, which strives to achieve socially inclusive, fast and radical CO2-emissions reductions in five selected pilot cities in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. Excerpts from the work in progress will be screened, followed by a conversation involving the audience with Dirk Wilutzky, Dr. Simone Sandholz, Senior Urban Expert of the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Adriana Lobo, Executive Director, World Resource Institute (WRI) in Mexico, and Kaime Silvestre, an indigenous youth activist from Brazil.

Together they will discuss how filmmakers and artists can cooperate with scientists to reach, inform and inspire people across different communities to engage in concrete action towards drastically curbing carbon emissions right now.

The speakers and the audience will explore together how climate science and action on the ground can be shared through film and art to engage people worldwide, and how film and art can help to shift mindsets and inspire people from all walks of life to become part of a movement towards zero emissions.

The goal of the session is to start a broader conversation on the importance of building new coalitions in the face of the climate emergency, involving nontraditional actors, such as filmmakers and artists, to make a difference in the race towards zero emissions.

The Transformative Urban Coalitions project is a joint collaboration between the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and the German Development Institute (DIE-GDI) and is funded under the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).