A conversation with Fridays for Future – Meet the Youth Activists from around the world

A panel event with youth activists from MAPA Counties ( The Most Affected People and Areas) and Fridays for Future Scotland.

An exciting panel filled with Young People from Fridays for Future Scotland and The Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA) in regards to the climate crisis.

MAPA are people who are primarily from the global south though it is not limited to just this. They are people who are on the front lines of the climate crisis and whose lives will be impacted the most by the decisions carried out by world leaders at this conference.

Fridays for Future Scotland is the Scottish branch of the international network of youth climate activists that was started in 2018 by Greta Thunberg. In 2019, Fridays for Future Scotland mobilised over 40,000 students in Scotland who were striking from School and University to demand climate action.


Advertising A Good Life in 2030

What does A Good Life in 2030 look and feel like?

Join us for the premiere of A Good Life 2030, a documentary exploring the link between advertising, consumption and climate change together with new
adverts for 2030 created by top advertising agencies. Hear talks from the Co-Founders of Purpose Disruptors exploring the tensions people in advertising feel at this moment and the role they can play in creating new visions of the future. Ones that we can move towards together, today.

DOCUMENTARY: A Good Life 2030
The documentary will show how people in the advertising industry who are the architects of desire can create desire for something different, a new ‘Good Life’.

See how new research by the Insight Climate Collective reveals how UK citizens have a clear vision of A Good Life in 2030 – they dream of a life filled with
connection not just consumption. Understand the shifts people in the industry think are necessary in response to this, drawn from imagination workshops with over 100 industry leaders – some of whom are featured in the documentary. Finally, see behind the scenes as top advertising agencies sprint to create ‘ads for 2030’ in response to the citizens’ visions.

ADVERTS for 2030
Be the first to see the new ‘adverts’ for 2030 that create compelling visions of the future, made for COP26 and screened here for the first time.

TALKS from Purpose Disruptors
The films will be accompanied by talks from Lisa Merrick-Lawless and Jonathan Wise, co-founders of Purpose Disruptors and ex-industry leaders. They will
share how their work is helping facilitate the change at the heart of the advertising industry and how this change is being led from within by a community of over 1,700 change agents.




Creating youth-led solutions: Sharing stories and insight with YMCA, film premiere and panel

Join one of the world’s largest youth organisations, YMCA, as it premieres its short film, commissioned exclusively for COP26, documenting the story of how young leaders on each continent are innovating local solutions to the climate crisis.

In 2019, YMCA launched the Youth-Led Solutions initiative, to mentor, train and support the development of young people’s solutions to issues of climate justice, employment and mental health.

In 2020, YMCA held its first Summit on climate action, subsequently funding 35 new youth-led initiatives around the world. This film premiere will highlight just some of their projects, the journey so far, and the work that young people are doing to be ambassadors for social change. Hear from young people installing vermicomposting and tackling electronic waste in Hawaii; see their work in Peru where addressing poor sanitisation and inorganic waste has led to addressing income inequity; witness a cross-cultural collaboration between young people in Albay, Philippines and Michigan, USA to train a new generation of eco-leaders; learn about community-led reforestation in the Western Balkan forests of Kosovo; watch as young people create micro-green spaces across Ramallah, Palestine; and discover how curriculum-based climate art projects are utilising up-cycled waste in schools in Zambia.

A panel discussion will follow the premiere featuring young leaders and guests from around the world. For more than 175 years, YMCA has convened young people in every corner of the world, today working with more than 60 million people, in 120 countries. In more recent years, young leaders have been working alongside YMCA, harnessing its global impact, to mobilise solutions to inequalities and injustices in communities everywhere.


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).


Unlocking Climate Solutions: From the Pacific Islands to the Arctic, why Indigenous knowledge must take centre stage.

The Pacific Islands are under threat. Climate change has led to warmer waters, changing weather patterns, flooding and coral bleaching, and many islands are predicted to be lost to rising seas within our lifetime. Simultaneously, the Arctic is warming quicker than any other region on Earth and Arctic cultures are experiencing the devastating erosion of their land as ice caps continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Despite the vast geographical distance between the Arctic and Pacific Islands, it is striking that many of the challenges facing these communities as a consequence of the climate crisis are the same, yet both were largely ignored when they raised the alarm decades ago. It is now time for their voices to be heard.

One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, in collaboration with the British Museum and the Republic of Palau, is hosting an immersive panel at the Cinema Auditorium.The discussion will surround the symbiotic relationship between people and nature, highlighting the importance of amplifying and learning from the voices and work of Indigenous communities when it comes to the safeguarding of our natural world. Featuring speakers hailing from both Arctic and Pacific Island communities, this panel will serve to highlight the key learnings in adaptation and resilience from these two unique communities.


Youth Are Leading: The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect is a film made by young people from the UK and South Africa on the ways – sometimes less obvious – in which climate change impacts are affecting them where they live, right now.

Emphasising the unique experiences of their age group, the documentary features interviews, vlogs and mini films created by the young people, who also narrate. Water-related impacts are a key theme: in the UK, children talk about their experiences of flooding, while in South Africa water shortages are a major issue. Cutting across all of the experiences is the deep concern the young people share about their futures, their families, the destruction of the natural environment and climate justice.

The film is a collaborative effort from a team including University of Leeds, Leeds City Council, the Yorkshire and Humber Youth Work Unit, Regional Youth Climate Assembly, the Place-based Climate Action Network, British Youth Council, and Youth@SAIIA (the South African Institute of International Affairs youth programme). It is produced by filmmaker Paul Cooke (Professor of World Cinemas at the University of Leeds) but fundamentally shaped by the young people involved.

The Ripple Effect is a product of a youth summit held in April 2021 for Connecting Voices for Climate Action, organised by the University of Leeds. The summit provided the impetus for continuing the cultural exchange and the young people have worked together through a series of online workshops, as well as independently, to produce the final documentary and accompanying social media campaign.

The showing will be followed by a presentation and Q&A with a group of the young filmmakers, who will share their own experiences of making the film and working internationally, and talk about what motivated them to get involved in the project and how they want to influence local, as well as global decision-makers.


Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth with Oliver Jeffers

Join artist and author Oliver Jeffers for a screening of the Apple Original film “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” available
on Apple TV+.

After the film, Jeffers will lead families in an interactive discussion about Earth, in celebration of the place we call home.

Film Synopsis: On the eve of Earth Day, a precocious seven-year-old learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents- and a
mysterious exhibit at the aptly named Museum of Everything. Based on the best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers.


Climate justice, education and gender equality: targeting the connections

Failing to recognise and address the links between climate change, girls’ education and gender equality undermines both the Paris Agreement and the right to education for millions of students.

We know that many of the root causes of climate change contribute to gender inequality which can lead to girls being out of school – this year alone, at least four million girls won’t complete their education due to climate-related crises (Malala Fund). Gender inequality also blocks girls from equal access to quality climate education, green jobs, leadership opportunities etc.

Through the Declaration on Children, Youth and Climate Action (2019), the MOCK COP26 Treaty (2020), youth activists have made it clear that education plays a critical role during climate disasters and displacement. It is also one of the most effective solutions we have to the climate crisis. Existing research reveals that every additional year of schooling for girls leads to significant improvements in a country’s resilience to climate-related disasters.

Yet existing commitments on climate education fall far short on delivering quality climate education – curricula are outdated and girls being left behind. In a recent survey, 82% didn’t know where to find information on the Paris Agreement and only 16% had learned about the gendered impacts of climate change (Plan International).

COP26 is a critical opportunity for world leaders to work in partnership with youth and youth-led organizations to target the connections, particularly through the review and enhancement of the Doha Work Programme on Action for Climate Empowerment.

Targeting the Connections will bring together youth activists with world leaders, experts and artists to share experiences, priorities and solutions for building a greener, fairer future. Invited speakers include UNFCCC Executive Director Patricia Espinosa, Malala Yousafzai and Vanessa Nakate.

This event is hosted by Malala Fund, Plan International, Transform Education, UNGEI, UNICEF, YOUNGO and others.


How sport can help kick carbon, with Sky Sports

See how climate change will have an impact on sport, and how the immense power of sport can help to combat the climate crisis, with Sky Sports News presenter Mike Wedderburn and guests. Plus, an exclusive first look of a brand new short-form documentary created by Sky Sports – Cricket’s Climate Crisis.


Fast Forward, a series of short films that explore five artists’ dreams for a regenerative world

Founded by contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson, Little Sun is a nonprofit organization that works to deliver affordable clean energy solutions and inspire climate action. In this session, Little Sun will screen its latest culture project, Fast Forward, a series of short films that explore five artists’ dreams for a regenerative world.

Featuring voices from Ethiopia, Senegal, and the United States, the series turns an often data-driven and technically heavy conversation surrounding the climate crisis into an open, intimate dialogue, creating new motivation for change.

Following the screening, Fast Forward’s curator Alex McClure will host a conversation about the role of art in stewarding a just transition to a net-zero world.


The Voiceless Revolution

Hosted by planetSHINE founder and CEO, Rachel McClelland and Scottish entrepreneur and Prickly Thistle founder, Clare Campbell, The Voiceless Revolution will be an entertaining, inspiring and inclusive mix of real talk,
film and action focused on the communities who, until now, haven’t had a voice amid the climate emergency.

We are bringing together a committee of real people; 21 st century heroes of all races, ages, genders and species, and with an emphasis on the working classes, to represent the planet and its diverse mix of people and other species. Young and old will be welcome to share their stories, their struggles, their hopes and dreams.

Our heroes – people from all walks of life – face a huge problem; a broken society and a devastated planet and they are the ones who will suffer the most. Not only that, but they have one thing in common – they have been powerless for too long. Overwhelmed by the scale of the climate emergency combined with sometimes living on the fringes of society, they haven’t had a voice…until now.

The Voiceless Revolution is a coming together of the disenfranchised, the marginalised and the unrepresented.

Whilst the greatest minds on the planet – governments, business leaders and entrepreneurs – have been trying in vain to solve the problem, there is still much to do and not much time in which to do it.

We now need to listen to the planet, to marginalised communities, to all species. We need to collaborate at every step of the way and we need to listen and learn from each other.

The Voiceless Revolution will ensure that everyone is listened to. The backbone of the world, of industry, of life is ready to take centre stage.

The grafters, the creators, the refugees, the cleaners, the sweepers, the homeless, the machinists, the miners, the care experienced, the child birthers, the taxi drivers, the lions, the worker bees, the companion dogs. We are bringing them all to the conversation and through a mix of discussion, film, the arts and a huge positive call to action, we aim to ensure that everybody, who is being impacted or will be impacted by the climate emergency, is included.

This is humanity, and other species, at their finest.

It’s time for drastic measures.

It’s time to listen to the voiceless.

Join us, be heard and be a part of a new revolution!


Voices from the Forest: A Film Showcase For People and Forests

The Environmental Investigation Agency, If Not Us Then Who and Rainforest Foundation UK, along with Kaoem Telapak and the Tenure Facility, present a showcase of short films highlighting the role local communities play in forest protection, and the urgent need to include them as partners to protect the threatened forests of the world.

The films will present challenges and solutions in trying to protect forests in Indonesia and the Congo Basin. Forest advocates and local community leaders will give presentations to accompany the films that will highlight recent challenges and ongoing efforts by communities protecting and managing their forests.

If Not Us Then Who will premiere a film produced by
Indigenous People in Indonesia with an Indigenous Leader presenting alongside it. EIA will present clips from their new film Indonesia: the Fight for the Remaining Forest alongside presentations by Indonesian forest advocates Mardi Minangsari and Abu Meridian. Rainforest Foundation UK will present films on community forestry and the steps communities are taking to protect forests in the Congo Basin and West Africa.


Climate and the Deep Sea World: Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Global Efforts – A Visual Journey and Panel

The backdrop of legends and movies, the deep sea has always been unfathomable because we had no idea what existed there. Once thought to be barren of life, we now know this couldn’t be further from the truth. Life exists under extreme conditions at these depths and with every deep-sea expedition we gain a greater understanding of the crucial services it provides our planet. Although seemingly remote, the deep sea plays a key role in our climate. Better understanding of remote and deep-sea biodiversity, offers insight into how these systems both influence the climate and are, in turn, influenced by climate change. These insights are made with the help of new technologies such as Schmidt Ocean Institute’s 4,500 meter capable underwater robot, ROV SuBastian. This two hour event will feature exclusive, award-winning, video content from deep sea waters showcasing new species and underwater features with interviews from scientists around the world discussing the impact of climate change on these fragile ecosystems. Footage will be shared from the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Marine Parks in Australia, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, the Mariana Trench in Guam, submarine volcanoes of Tonga, hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California – Mexico, and white shark feeding grounds in the high seas. The film will be followed by a panel centered on climate impacts in the deep sea and how we can better understand and mitigate this in order to improve the overall health of our planet. The panel will include Ocean experts focused on high seas, biodiversity and seabed mapping.


Citizens from the Global Assembly present their proposals

Join the people involved in the Global Citizens’ Assembly to find out more about how a snapshot of the world population is being brought together to learn and deliberate on the climate and ecological crisis.

Global Assembly team members, Susan Nakyung Lee, Claire Mellier and Rich Wilson, will be joined live by citizens from across the world, who are taking part in the Global Assembly process to deliberate on the question:
“How can humanity address the climate and ecological crisis in a fair and effective way?”

The event will introduce the citizens’ proposals developed during the deliberative process in the run up to Glasgow.

It will be an opportunity to bring the lived experience of those citizens to the heart of COP26.

You will meet cultural figures from across the world who are lending their support to the initiative, including Oscar winner Sir Mark Rylance.

You will also find out how communities across the world can run their own local Community Assemblies, and how a ‘cultural wave’ will bring the Global Assembly into the lives of citizens through art and culture. There will be plenty of opportunities for interactive exchanges between the audience and the speakers.

To find out more about the Global Assembly in advance of our Green Zone event, have a look at our website, follow us on social media, and join us on November 1st to hear directly from the citizens making this initiative a reality.



ACE and the Clean Energy Transition

Efforts to embed the environmental democracy principles of open government, citizen participation, and access to justice principles in environmental governance – have been ongoing since the 1992 Rio Summit. Yet the potential of these principles to enhance climate action has yet to be realised. Action on Climate Empowerment (ACE) and environmental democracy can strengthen the participation of citizens, local communities, women, and indigenous peoples in energy decision-making, creating powerful tools for convincing decision-makers to undertake ambitious, just clean energy objectives and orientate them to fulfil them with the widest societal ownership. Societal ownership can, in turn, facilitate the implementation of ambitious clean energy objectives and enhance legal certainty. The adoption of the Glasgow ACE Work Programme brings a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the clean energy transition.

WFD will convene a panel in collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI), International IDEA, Climate Action Network (CAN), E3G and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) of the UK House of Commons to:

  • Provide views on how to ensure that climate empowerment is placed at the heart of national action plans on climate as a delivery mechanism of the Paris Agreement and its ‘ratchet mechanism’.
  • Highlight the role of Parliaments to serve as major hubs for innovative action for clean energy climate empowerment and demonstrate the example of the UK Climate Assembly in generating and integrating citizens’ views into policymaking as regards societal preferences for a zero-carbon energy mix.
  • Showcase examples of environmental democracy worldwide driving climate action including the transition to clean energy. (MPs from Costa Rica, Georgia, Pakistan).