Climate, in the Visceral Sense. An Ongoing Story in Three Acts

How does this moment feel? The last 18 months has taught us something: that over-intellectualizing crisis after crisis in our heads is very different to experiencing it for ourselves – to feel it hitting us in our hearts, in our real lives, in our collective consciousness.

This is not a time for analysis, for frameworks, for yet more theory; this is a time to dive into the emotions we are experiencing and to channel them toward creating actual change. We owe this to current and future generations. We invite you to join us for this experiential session, exploring the role creativity, design, storytelling and innovation have in facilitating emotional connections to the future. This is a COP event like no other!

Drawing on the stories of Welsh communities – we want to build on our collective narrative which binds us internationally.

“By telling our personal stories of challenges we have faced, choices we have made, and what we learned from the outcomes, we can inspire others and share our own wisdom. Because stories allow us to express our values not as abstract principles, but as lived experience, they have the power to move others.” – Marshall Ganz

An interactive session to reflect and share diverse narratives in our response to the challenges ahead. The session will include examples of performance art from Wales, multi-media videos, and the use of storytelling.

This is a personal, emotionally-resonant event on the last morning of the COP26 Summit that acts as both catalyst and convener of attendees in Glasgow, but more importantly, as a kick-off to rolling conversations that continue globally afterwards, pass from small community to small community, and small nation to small nation, building momentum and advocacy.
Delivered by Future Generations Commissioner for Wales in partnership with IDEO.


No more greenwash! The One Planet Standard – a new way for organisations to tackle the nature and climate emergencies

Companies and organisations know that they have to do something but many don’t know where to start.

The One Planet Centre will be outlining the newly launched One Planet Standard. Conceived in Wales, but applicable throughout the UK and beyond, the Standard supports the ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 by helping organisations – large and small, public and private – to reduce their ecological footprint. Asking the questions ‘What power do you think you have to make change?’ and ‘how do we change our strategic and planning decisions for the better’ the highly interactive event will challenge the audience to think creatively and – ‘flipping the script’ – see things from a different perspective. The Standard is unique in that it works to effect culture change, capturing all the impacts of an organisation (including carbon) as well as those of its supply chain and its customers. It is a key component of good governance and does not allow ‘greenwash’ in so far as it is independently, and externally, assessed and encourages continuous improvement.
Speakers/Panel Members:
Sophie Howe (The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales)
Andrea Lewis Joint Deputy Leader Swansea Council
Cabinet Member – Climate Change & Service Transformation
Paul Bridle (CEO Assessment Services)
Jaco Marais (Partner The Good Governance Institute)
Sebastian Wood MD Whitby Wood Engineering Consultancy

Chaired by David Thorpe (Founder/Director) and Virginia Schumacher Isaac (Associate Director) The One Planet Centre


All Together Now: Collaboration for Local Climate Action in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a post-conflict society with challenges which include: a lack of national Climate Legislation, a backlog in policy due to the three-year absence of the NI Assembly, shared resources across a European border and one third of the population living below the breadline, often in areas at most risk of being impacted by the climate crisis. Despite this, local authorities are supporting each other to develop climate action plans and improve governance, preparing for a collaborative, innovative and resilient future with best practice messages which are applicable across the UK and beyond.

This session will present practical examples of local and regional climate action from Northern Ireland, to explore:

  • How adaptation and resilience can be used as a catalyst for wider climate action and;
  • How regional networks can support action and the transfer of good practice between cities and regions on issues including adaptation and resilience, net zero cities, community engagement, finance and climate justice.

This session will be of interest to:

  • Adaptation Practitioners, network co-ordinators, and those involved in planning or organising climate action at a local, regional and national level.
  • UK and Republic of Ireland representatives seeking to know more about the NI context.
  • International stakeholders from regions and municipalities operating within greater than normal political tension and/or without national climate legislation.


  • Stephen Jones, Resilience Co-Ordinator, Climate Northern Ireland
  • Karen Smyth, Head of Policy and Governance, Northern Ireland Local Government Association
  • Cathy Burns, Climate Manager, Derry City and Strabane City Council
  • Richard McLernon, Project Co-ordinator, Climate Unit, Belfast City Council


Enhancing ambition on climate change in cities and regions

This event will demonstrate how cities and regions can play a more ambitious role in addressing climate change and reaching the goal of net zero.

Hosted and chaired by the Carbon Trust, we will present inspiring and replicable examples of cities and regions leading the way to net zero, showcasing outstanding exemplars from the UK (London and Wales) and international case studies (China and Mexico).

The one-hour event will feature a lively and engaging panel discussion on how cities and regions can drive local ambition and action, highlighting the collaboration between city, regional and national governments required for success.

Senior representatives will showcase action, not just targets and talk, across four initiatives:

  • Implementing a Net Zero Wales
  • Net zero strategy for the City of London
  • Coordinated climate action in Mexico: Guadalajara’s pathway to carbon neutrality
  • Driving climate action in China’s cities


  • Julie James, Minister for Climate Change, Welsh Government
  • Mario Ramón Silva Rodríguez, General Director, Instituto Metropolitano de Planeación Área Metropolitana de Guadalajara (IMEPLAN)
  • Division Director of Wuhan Ecological Environmental Bureau
  • Senior representative from C40 Cities
  • Poppy Potter, Associate Director, the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust has two decades of experience working with public sector organisations in the UK and around the world, helping to raise ambition on climate action and develop and implement climate action plans.

We invite anyone to attend who has an interest in:

  • How cities and regions can get on a pathway towards net zero Setting science-based or net zero targets
  • Developing local energy markets
  • Creating community partnerships or joint ventures


Generation Rebellion: the power of intergenerational activism. A film screening and workshop with East London women

Generation Rebellion is an intergenerational exploration of climate activism.

“I would like to tell all the young people: have hope!” (Older participant)

Join us to explore how it feels to be an activist and what it means to take action. Navigate the everyday feelings and challenges of climate activism and encounter fresh perspectives with a dynamic, intergenerational group of female panellists and creators.

For those wondering what happens when you run out of ideas – a dose of encouragement

For those feeling weighed down – an injection of energy

Since January 2020, Magic Me has worked with younger and older women from East London to explore what climate activism means to them. We now present an informal workshop, film screening and Q&A with the women aged 12 – 80+ behind the film.

Come along to meet the group via live video link and explore the challenges we face as climate activists of all ages. Take part in an activity and discussion facilitated by theatre-maker Sue Mayo and climate activist Maz Morris and help us in our quest to discover solutions, drawing wisdom from each other and from the wide-ranging perspectives of this group of women from East London. We aren’t experts, and we can’t solve this crisis alone, but we do know how important it is to work together!

Generation Rebellion is run by Magic Me; an arts charity uniting generations to build stronger communities by pioneering intergenerational arts practices that disrupt perceptions of ageing. Generation Rebellion is in partnership with Mulberry School for Girls, and builds on our long history of projects reflecting on women’s history, lives and futures.


Combining Indigenous Knowledge and Technology to act on the Climate Emergency

Mountainous regions are disproportionately affected by the climate emergency. In the Himalayas, Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Pamir mountains, temperatures are rising three times faster than global averages. These areas – home to some of the most isolated yet dynamic communities – are especially vulnerable to earthquakes, floods and other hazards that have caused catastrophic damage in recent years.

How can we prepare for and respond to worsening climate crises? In this event, you can learn how one project harnessed local indigenous knowledge with technology to create effective solutions that respond to the climate emergency, enabling people to build safer homes and communities.

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Pakistan integrate the knowledge and experience of indigenous communities alongside advances in technology to conduct hazard, vulnerability and risk assessments (HRVAs) and develop community-based disaster management and habitat development plans. Their innovative work was awarded a Gold World Habitat Award.

AKAH has worked with over 50,0000 volunteers, conducted HVRAs in almost 800 settlements (home to over one million people) and provided over 20,000 households with technical assistance to prepare for disasters and prevent damage when they occur.

Facilitated by World Habitat, this event will feature a documentary about affected communities living on the frontlines of the climate crisis, followed by a panel discussion featuring Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat and members of the Government of Pakistan, including Khalid Khurshid, Chief Minister of Government of Gilgit Baltistan and Malik Amin Aslam, Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Climate Change. The event will also feature Onno Ruhl of AKAH and Louise Winterburn from World Habitat.

You will have the opportunity to question practitioners on how to transfer and replicate their best practices to other areas facing similar climate extremes.


Can Soaps spread the word on climate change?

Continuing Drama has a long and proud history of tackling social issues on screen, breaking down complicated often divisive subjects for its audience and helping viewers to explore topics through the eyes of their favourite characters.

So can our soaps help save the planet? What is their role in bringing the complex issues that surround sustainability to our audiences (the masses)? And how can they empower communities to understand and debate the role they can play to mitigate the effects of climate change, if they choose to?

This inspiring session will bring together producers and talent from the UK’s most loved soaps to talk about the creative challenge they’re facing and how they’re tackling it.

Jane Hudson, Executive Producer, Emmerdale
Nader Mabadi, Senior Emmerdale Production Manager
Kate Oates, Head of Continuing Drama, BBC Studios
Rebecca Ramsden, Writer, Hollyoaks
Sean Batty, Broadcaster, STV


CBM UK: An inclusive planet: inclusion, mental health and climate change

This interactive event will bring together International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs), Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), policymakers and other key partners involved in disability inclusive climate research and innovation.

The event has the following aims:

1 – to highlight the impact of climate change on the health and wellbeing of persons with disabilities;
2 – to demonstrate why national and international action against climate change must incorporate the participation of persons with disabilities;
3 – to offer practical suggestions from INGOs and OPDs on how climate adaptation and resilience measures (including disaster risk reduction and response) can be more inclusive, and incorporate proper consideration of mental wellbeing;
4 – to foster a changed mind-set about inclusion and mental wellbeing in climate action
The event will include presentations, group discussions, footage with persons with disabilities highlighting how climate change has impacted their lives, and feature the CBM Global Disability Inclusion papers: ‘Climate change, mental health and wellbeing: Examples of practical inclusive practices’ (due for publication in October 2021), and Climate Change: This Century’s Defining Issue

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Julian Eaton, Mental Health Director, CBM Global Disability Inclusion
Sibusisiwe Marunda, Director at REPSSI (Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative), Zimbabwe
Joshua Abioseh Duncan, Programs Manager – Mental Health Coalition, Sierra Leone
Jennifer M’Vouama, Policy and Development Officer – Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, Humanity & Inclusion (HI)
Elham Youssefian, Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction Adviser, International Disability Alliance (IDA)


Culture: The missing link

Across the world, artists and arts organisations are mobilising around the climate crisis and discovering a deeper connection to the planet. This in-conversation event, chaired by Alison Tickell, founder and CEO of non-profit Julie’s Bicycle, explores the vital role that arts and culture must play in climate transformation.

Composed of artists, activists and environmental experts – including author, Elif Shafak, Friday’s For Future India founder, Disha Ravi, and Nova Ruth, founder of Arka Kinari – the discussion will centre on creative and cultural responses to the climate crisis and art’s unique capacity to raise awareness and create action. With Love Ssega (musician and EarthPercent ambassador) as MC, performances from poet Selina Nwulu, and musician Nova Ruth, and scientist and climate communicator Ed Hawkins as a key witness.

Join us in person, or online, to hear how creativity can inspire communities and individuals to participate in reshaping the world, to imagine a sustainable and just future and support adaptation and resilience. Alongside the conversation, a short film showcasing artists and activists from around the world, sharing their messages for COP26, will premier. We will also hear about how Season for Change, a cultural programme inspiring urgent climate action, has engaged hundreds of organisations and communities across the UK. This event is delivered with thanks to partnerships with the British Council and Arts Council England.


‘Just Climate Energy’ – Indigenous Renewable Energy Microgrids for Energy Transition

This COP26 Indigenous Renewable Energy Microgrids for Just Energy Transition session is focused on strengthening global networking to accelerate energy transition through Renewable Energy Microgrids (REMs) in Indigenous communities through an all-encompassing approach. The session will be inclusive of civil society and community leadership to exemplify how a people’s agenda can be brought to REMs allowing for local capacity and empowerment. All forms of leadership (community, governance, policy, utility, business) are needed to build just, sustainable energy futures and thus, this session will reflect that.

The session shall profile how Indigenous REM’s can integrate and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), put forth by the United Nations notably SDG 13, Climate Action and SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy, as well as those SDGs related to the conservation and restoration of Nature. The session embodies the concept of ‘Just Climate Energy’ which represents a climate protective clean energy future that also respects the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


Urban informality & inequality – a call for global climate justice

The event, organised by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), in partnership with Cities Alliance and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will bring together international speakers and audience members from local and city governments; central governments; research communities; and civil society to discuss climate justice and the importance of taking account of the cumulative risks created by conditions of urban informality, inequality and climate vulnerability in developing effective responses to climate change. We will identify priorities for action and the role that researchers, civil society actors, city governments and policy makers can play in strengthening local action for sustainable climate justice.


Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Joanes Atela, Convener Africa Research and Impact Network, Director Partnerships African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya
Harriet Bulkeley, Professor of Geography, Durham University, UK.
Vanesa Castan Broto, Professor of Climate Urbanism, University of Sheffield, UK
Sonia Dias, Waste Specialist, WIEGO, Brazil
David Dodman, Director, Human Settlements, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK
Aníbal Gaviria, Governor of Antioquia, Colombia and President of Cities Alliance
Heike Henn, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Rubbina Karruna, Regional Cities & Infrastructure Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK
Rose Molokoane, Vice-President Slum Dwellers International, South Africa
Greg Munro, Director, Cities Alliance (Chair)
Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, UCLG on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments

The event will be held concurrently in person and online, with an interactive panel discussion. It will offer an opportunity to help shape critical policy and research priorities for addressing climate change equitably in cities – where informality and inequality are the reality. The event will help shape priorities for research and local action to ensure better chances of achieving urban climate justice.