12.10.2021

​S​tartups, Youth Empowerment and Climate Change: ESG in the International Agenda

This event will explore the role of startups, innovation, and disruptive technologies in the context of climate change, serving as a call to governments and the private sector to bring attention to the key role of youth as drivers of sustainable development, as summarized in the ESG agenda.

The session will promote the connection between young entrepreneurs and international leaders from different parts of the Global South, showing that commitment must come from both high-level agents and grassroots movements. It will do so as a mix between pitches, putting a Brazilian startup and an African startup side-by-side to showcase their ideas and solutions, and a panel discussion, with government, private sector and civil society leaders assessing these startups’ approaches towards climate change.

This way, we aim to bring visibility to the potential of South- South Cooperation as a tool for knowledge exchange among less developed countries, and highlight the alignment of governments and private sector with the objectives of Sustainable Development (ODS).

By giving startups a privileged space in the international agenda, authorities will sense the importance of directing policies and investment towards youth empowerment, catalysing innovative solutions for climate change in the long-run.

11.10.2021

Startups, Youth Empowerment and Climate Change: ESG in the International Agenda

This event will explore the role of startups, innovation, and disruptive technologies in the context of climate change, serving as a call to governments and the private sector to bring attention to the key role of youth as drivers of sustainable development, as summarized in the ESG agenda.

The session will promote the connection between young entrepreneurs and international leaders from different parts of the Global South, showing that commitment must come from both high-level agents and grassroots movements. It will do so as a mix between pitches, putting a Brazilian startup and an African startup side-by-side to showcase their ideas and solutions, and a panel discussion, with government, private sector and civil society leaders assessing these startups’ approaches towards climate change.

This way, we aim to bring visibility to the potential of South- South Cooperation as a tool for knowledge exchange among less developed countries, and highlight the alignment of governments and private sector with the objectives of Sustainable Development (ODS).

By giving startups a privileged space in the international agenda, authorities will sense the importance of directing policies and investment towards youth empowerment, catalysing innovative solutions for climate change in the long-run.

08.10.2021

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.

30.09.2021

Climate Crisis Film Festival – Award Ceremony & Scottish Première of the film “Above Water”

The Climate Crisis Film Festival, presented by Doconomy, concludes two weeks of climate films and special events with an Award Ceremony and Special Film Screening, celebrating underrepresented voices within the climate movement. This evening’s program will showcase stunning, diverse and eye-opening cinema from BIPOC filmmakers (black, indigenous and people of colour), popping the “Western bubble” with authentic perspectives from around the globe. OCEAN BOTTLE FILM AWARD We’ll announce the winner of the £6,000 Ocean Bottle Film Award, the first-ever Award program for climate films open exclusively to underrepresented BIPOC filmmakers. The four Nominees represent powerful climate stories from the Phillippines, Mexico, Nicaragua and Indigenous Hawaii. SCOTTISH PREMIERE – “Above Water” by Aïssa Maïga

The Award Ceremony will be followed by the screening of “Above Water” (Marcher Sur L’Eau, 2021), introduced virtually by the director, Senegal-born Aïssa Maïga. This breathtakingly photographed portrait of a young girl’s life in Niger, as water becomes scarcer and scarcer, will be presented in partnership with Goethe Institut, Alliance Française and Institut Français.

30.09.2021

Not without us! – Pathways to a gender just transition

List of speakers:
– Ndivile Mokoena, Gender CC Southern Africa
– Dunja Krause, UNRISD
– Melissa Moreano, Critical Geography Collective,
Ecuador (facilitator)
– Representative from South Asia

Description:
This event will debate the interlinkages between gender justice and just transition. How do lived experiences differ for women when it comes to the impacts of the climate crises and how do they deal with it? How can the coping mechanism developed by women in different sectors influence the just transition debates? Are current just transition debates taking into account care work and gender segregation in the labour market? And what would a gender just transition look like?

Just Transition is not only about the transfer of the energy sector to a fossil-free power production, it’s a just transition to a new form of society. Based on examples from Latin and Northern America, Africa and Asia, we will
delve into a debate about what kinds of just transitions hold the potential to achieve a social-ecological transformation and why changing the value of different kinds of work and sectors might be necessary in order to achieve low-carbon sustainable development. The examples will be illustrated by short film clips of local
stories from different regions.

This session will advance the understanding of the potential of a gender just transition and how it could lead to a higher level policy change and climate justice.

30.09.2021

ClimateScience Olympiad 21 award ceremony with Jane Goodall | $10,000 prize for young climate solvers

Over 12,000 brilliant youth from all continents took part in the 2021 ClimateScience Olympiad to find solutions to climate change. Today, along with exciting keynotes from Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Renate Christ (fmr. Director of the IPCC), the three winning teams will be announced and receive their share of ClimateScience’s $10,000 prize pool.

ClimateScience (www.ClimateScience.org) is a global charity providing educational resources on solutions to climate change to millions of people worldwide via children’s books, teaching resources for schools, competitions like the ClimateScience Olympiad (https://climatescience.org/olympiad/), social media (https://www.instagram.com/climate_science/) , and animated videos on TV. All this is possible thanks to our incredible team of over 1,000 volunteers in over 30 countries.

30.09.2021

Feature Film: ‘The Salt In Our Waters’, an epic tale from Bangladesh’s climate frontlines – Certificate 15

Made with support from Director Spike Lee, ‘The Salt in Our Waters’ portrays an epic clash‐of cultures in a remote seaside village of Bangladesh, with the elemental conflict of land and sea, man and nature, serving as an interactive backdrop. What shines through the centre is filmmaker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit’s fascination with the bravery and devotion of the local Hilsha fishers. They are a people plagued by climate disruption, but not defined by it. The filmmaker invites everyone to experience the rich social diversity and cultural subtleties of their world rarely seen on the big screen.

The film features stunning monsoon visuals shot by Chananun Chotrungroj, a Spirit Award nominated Thai cinematographer. The film was edited by Academy Member Kristan Sprague whose latest film JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH was nominated for six Oscars,
including Best Picture.

After the screening, please join Sumit and his team for a LIVE discussion about the latest tragedy unfolding in the fishing village.

“A THOUGHTFUL DEBUT”
Sight & Sound

“A TIMELY PORTRAIT OF THE OPPOSING FORCES
WHICH SHAPE OUR WORLD.”
Screen Daily

“A WONDERFUL MEDITATION ON MODERNITY,
CLIMATE CHANGE, FAMILY AND LOVE.”
RogerEbert.com

For more information, please visit: saltwatersfilm.com

30.09.2021

The Great Green Wall Documentary – the line that unites Africa

Join Hogan Lovells & the Great Green Wall Frontline team on a music-driven journey across Africa’s Great Green Wall. Followed by a panel discussion on how you can become involved in this wildly ambitious movement, featuring Malian musician and climate activist, Inna Modja
The Great Green Wall is an African-led movement with an epic ambition to grow an 8,000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa. The Wall promises to be a compelling solution to the many urgent threats not only facing the African Continent, but the global community as a whole – notably climate change, drought, famine, conflict and migration.

More than anywhere else on Earth, the Sahel – one of the poorest places on the plant – is on the frontline of climate change and millions of locals are already facing its devastating impact. Persistent droughts, lack of food, conflicts over dwindling natural resources, and mass migration
to Europe are just some of the many consequences. Yet, communities from Senegal in the West to Djibouti in the East are fighting back.

By 2030, the Great Green Wall aims to restore 100 million hectares of currently degraded land, sequester 250 million tonnes of carbon and create 10 million jobs in rural areas. The Wall will significantly contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Following the film screening (produced by MAKE Waves) there will be a panel discussion on the opportunities to engage and invest in the ambitious project chaired by:

• Andrew Skipper, Partner and Head of the Africa Practice, Hogan Lovells and Co-Chair of UK government’s Africa Investors Group, with
• Inna Modja, Singer and Artist
• Anne-Marie Verstaeten, UK Country Head BNP Paribas; and
• H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko,, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture (TBC)
• Kemo Fatty, Head of Community Engagement, Civic & Founder, Green Up Gambia

Guest speakers will draw out themes in the film and invite the audience and wider society to collaborate on the next stage of the venture, illustrating their practical contribution to this burgeoning frontline movement. In particular, the panel will explore the critical role of local
grassroots communities and the needs for the global investment community to support to realise the project by 2030.

This is a journey of hope, hardship and perseverance across the world’s most audacious climate initiative and one you do not want to miss.

30.09.2021

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.

30.09.2021

Minga Indígena Declaration Letter for COP26 Leaders

Minga Indígena, a civil society organization born in the Andes, brings Indigenous leaders—youth and elders— from all over the world. At COP26 they will present the first chapter of the docu-series “Aprendiendo a Ser Humanos. Learning To Be Human” produced alongside The Allianza, which features thirteen elders and protectors of the most iconic territories of the world sharing wisdom that is crucial to buffer extreme weather events across regions, with the intention of inspiring others. Three indigenous youth will then read and hand in a collective Letter to members of the IPCC and of the COP26 Presidency as well as the Champion, with a special request that their petitions be included in climate negotiations. The event will be followed by a press conference.

Minga Indigena, una organización de la sociedad civil gestada en los Andes, trae a la COP26 a líderes indígenas, jóvenes y ancianos, de todo el mundo. En este espacio presentará el primer capítulo del docu-serie producido junto con La Allianza “Aprendiendo a ser Humano” donde líderes indígenas mayores y jóvenes protectores de los territorios más emblemáticos del mundo comparten su sabiduría para evitar eventos climáticos extremos en las principales regiones del mundo, con la intención de inspirar a nuevos guardianes. Luego, tres jóvenes leerán y entregarán una Carta colectiva a los miembros del IPCC y de la Presidencia de la COP26 así como al Champion, con la solicitud especial de que sus peticiones se incluyan en las negociaciones. El evento será seguido por una conferencia de prensa.

30.09.2021

Accelerating Electric Mobility with green jobs and gender parity

The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) will present a 90 minutes curated programme in the Panel Discussion at COP26 on “Accelerating Electric Mobility with green jobs and gender parity” featuring:

  • Kolkata’s success story on E- vehicles in public transport
  • Green Solutions for the city- Case study of New Town Rajarhat, satellite of Kolkata
  • Implementation of low price green vehicles- Job creation through electric rickshaws and toto rickshaws
  • Gender parity in e mobility
  • More inclusion of EVs in public transport- focusing on infrastructure
  • Financing of e-vehicles (including low price vehicles)

The Session will showcase possible journey to net zero in transport sector with an inclusive approach and creating opportunities of livelihood.

Success stories of E-Mobility in public transport (of Kolkata, India) and newer initiatives in its satellite city New Town, Rajarhat would be shared with possible models of scalability.

Case Stories of businesses’, in E-Mobility ecosystem, would be shared on introducing innovations, disrupting value chains, building partnerships, imparting skills and creating newer sets of opportunities in entrepreneurships and employments.
Offerings would be made on financial models including micro financing to enable the supply chain in the ecosystem which in turn will lead to livelihood generation.

The objective is to create an interactive session with audio visual demonstrations of real stories of achievements and pledges in E-Mobility.

The forum will also feature businesses of tomorrow across sectors committing to net zero with investments in technologies and products, carving out new markets and disruptions in business models.
Audience at the forum would also be involved in the proceedings with brainstorming among interest groups and voicing their thoughts on the concerned subject.

30.09.2021

“Where the streets have no air: South-south experiences on citizen air quality measurements”

Tollulah Oni, PhD. Public Health. Physician scientist and urban epidemiologist and leader of the Global Diet and Physical Activity group at the Unit, Cambridge University, UK.
Marcelo Mena, PhD. Environmental Engineer. Director of the Climate Action Center, PUCV. Chile. Previously, World Bank’s practice manager for climate research and Chile’s former environment minister under President Bachelet.
Valeria Díaz, MSc. Chemistry Engineer. Research coordinator for Analysis and Monitoring at Secretaría de Ambiente Quito Metropolitan District, Ecuador.
Deo Okure, Air Quality Scientist at AirQo, air quality research initiative at Makerere University, Uganda.

This panel will bring together stakeholders from Latin America and Africa who are working to increase public awareness of air pollution by using a bottom-up approach of data generation to execute climate mitigation measures with a focus on the health of children.

Air pollution kills 7 million people worldwide every year and contributes significantly to climate change. Efforts to improve air quality worldwide are critically underfunded, especially in developing countries.
Representatives from Latin American and African local governments and universities will share their experiences using low-cost sensors to measure air quality and innovative forms of community engagement. As a result, countries can start addressing sustainable development goals by cleaning up the air in their cities.

Consequently, collaborative networking, identifying high-impact and low-cost initiatives, and using scientific data for political advocacy can serve as a foundation for long-term monitoring exchange and replicability in important sectors of each territory.

This South-South collaboration aims to inspire other local governments with limited resources by showcasing new bottom-up climate mitigation strategies.

30.09.2021

Addressing Migration Driven by Disasters, Climate Change and Environmental Degradation in West Africa

Brief background: In West Africa, population movements have always been linked to the environment, be it in form of displacement in the context of disasters, transhumance or longer-term labour migration in the context of agricultural activities. Over the last decades, the adverse effects of climate change have intensified environmental events and processes in the region, such as droughts, desertification, water scarcity, rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding, compelling more people directly and indirectly to leave their homes. States have made commitments in the GCM to address these dynamics in Objectives 2 and 5, and the Paris Agreement together with the Recommendations of the UNFCCC Task Force on Displacement call for addressing these trends.

Side event objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the links between migration, displacement, planned relocation and disasters, climate change and environmental degradation in West Africa.
  • Demonstrate how partnerships contribute to facilitating pathways for regular migration and minimizing displacement in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters in line with the guiding principles and commitments of States in the GCM, especially Objectives 2 and 5, and the Paris Agreement and the recommendations of the UNFCCC Task Force on Displacement.
  • Highlight solutions for people compelled to move in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation in West Africa.

Keynote Remarks: Ms. Aissata Kane, Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Speakers:

  • Dr. Amadou Diaw, Technical Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad, Government of Senegal
  • Dr. Bondi Gevao, Executive Chairman, Environment Protection Agency, Government of Sierra Leone
  • Representative of the NGO Trees for the Future
  • Representative of academia (Dr Mamadou Ndongo Dime, Professor, Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, Senegal or Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Wade, Lecturer, Assane Seck University, Ziguinchor, Senegal)
  • Representative of journalists (the winner from the IOM West Africa journalist competition)
  • Ms. Hind Aïssaoui Bennani, IOM Regional Thematic Specialist on Migration, Environment and Climate Change, Regional Office for West and Central Africa, Dakar, Senegal

30.09.2021

Youth-led research showcase and interactive dialogue on the impact of climate change on youth livelihoods and health in Africa

This intergenerational discussion will showcase new findings from two youth-led research projects in Uganda and Zimbabwe, looking at the impact of climate change on youth livelihoods and of global heating on health respectively. The event will share insights about the distinctive climate change related challenges facing young people and their communities and suggest routes to greater resilience and effective adaptation across Africa.

30.09.2021

Using the SDGs to tackle the Climate Emergency: here’s how!

This debate will focus on the role of the SDGs in tackling the climate emergency, bringing in references to diversity and inclusion and managing a ‘whole life’ approach.

“Each of the SDGs are interdependent and engineers, environmentalists and asset managers must engage with all of them in order to effectively tackle the climate emergency in a balanced and sustainable way”. This is our debate with the intended outcome of raised awareness of the roles of engineers, environmentalists and asset managers in working together to tackle the climate emergency, and a sense of urgency in developing and implementing pathways to Net Zero.

To guarantee success a multi-discipline, multi-sector approach is key and the Women’s Engineering Society Climate Emergency Group is unique in facilitating that type of discussion. Our working groups are looking at the UN SDGs, sharing knowledge through a series of webinars. Involving the Women in Engineering Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations will introduce the role that diversity and inclusion has to play. And we welcome colleagues from the Institute of Asset Management as they bring a whole life approach to managing infrastructure and systems of systems, to maximise the impact of working in an altogether more joined up way.

  • Panel Chair: Sally Sudworth (chair and founder of the Women’s Engineering Society Climate Emergency Group and co-chair of the Institute of Asset Management Climate Emergency Group). Global Head of Sustainability & Climate Change, Mott MacDonald Consultants
  • Ioana Price, WES Climate Emergency Group, Senior Structural Engineer, Aecom
  • Ashley Barratt (co-chair of the Institute of Asset Management Climate Emergency Group). Associate Partner, Meliorate GmbH
  • Dawn Bonfield (UK representative, World Federation of Engineering Organisations). Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, Kings College London