I stand for what I stand on

I stand for what I stand on is a dramatic presentation by four young climate activists from Gloucester supported by a global digital cast and produced by Strike A Light. Drawing on autobiographical experiences,a love of Harry Styles and Abba, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and cardboard protest signs, this event shares the young international cast’s thoughts and fears about the climate emergency and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate crisis.

Strike A Light are an arts organisation based in the South West committed to making culture and creativity accessible to all and co-creating work with communities that has significant social impact. Strike a Light have been working with these young climate strikers since 2019 and I stand for what I stand on is touring nationally in 2021 supported by Arts Council England.


“Why Culture Matters” Presentation by Chris Rainier and Olivia McKendrick, founders of The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation

The traditional knowledge of indigenous communities is crucial in the global fight for nature and against climate change. Science proves that indigenous peoples are the best guardians of the land. Chris and Olivia will discuss the importance of the protection of indigenous cultures in the conservation of biodiversity and the work that The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation is doing to help ensure that we protect the protectors.

The presentation will be given against a backdrop of stunning photographs by National Geographic explorer and photographer, and Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation co-founder, Chris Rainier.

Followed by Q&A.


Regions beyond coal: European voices on moving from dirty energy – and how to make it fair

Europe’s coal regions have a story to tell. Once the backbone of industry, their traditional livelihood is under threat as countries end fossil fuels. Europe’s coal regions know the damage it does if people and their livelihoods are forgotten in coal exit plans.

Coal is on its way out, but a just transition isn’t guaranteed: WWF, together with Bankwatch, are bringing this story to COP26.

During this multimedia event, participants will view witness statements gathered from coal regions around Europe and hear from those leading the charge for a socially fair transition.

We will welcome mayors from EU coal regions, including the deputy mayor of Pernik in Bulgaria, as well as the deputy mayor of Bytom in Poland, to tell of their regions’ quest for a just transition to a more sustainable future.

After this, we will hear how that quest is replicated beyond the EU’s borders and how the challenges to secure a just transition are the same and how they are different.

This will lead to a discussion on what works and what’s needed to ensure that ending coal leads to a fairer, healthier and more resilient future for all.

Stefan Krastev – deputy mayor of Pernik in Bulgaria
Michał Bieda – deputy mayor of Bytom in Poland


‘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.


Fear of the Green Planet

Fear of the Green Planet is a multimedia and participatory music project by Co-Founder of May Project Gardens and Artist KMT Freedom Teacher; permeating the whole-systems thinking that permaculture inspires. Launching the development of a new genre that advocates for solutions oriented social and climate justice.

This project is a full length album through the creation of new tracks, music videos and performances etc. Fear of the Green Planet is a multimedia art project consisting of (a) music tracks, (b) Presentations, (c) Participatory Live Performance, (d) Online Showreel performance, (e) Question and Answer and (f) Demonstrations. Inspired by 15 years of Grassroots Community Eco Solutions via May Project Gardens (Award Winning Community Hub) that reconnects people to Nature for Personal, Social, Economic Transformation and still operates from a council house in South London (which was self funded for 9 years).

Hip-Hop Garden (award-winning inner city youth programme) reconnects young people to nature via 5 key modules which includes wellbeing, employability and entrepreneurship. ‘Come We Grow’ events are an immersive celebration of our creative approach to environmentalism. Bee Rooted Consultancy’s approach to diversity and inclusion via training and consultancy is rooted in and supported by nature. D&I sessions are held at May Project Gardens, making use of the garden.

Moreover, nature is utilised as a lens through which to view diversity and inclusion in a seldomly appreciated way. Specifically, sessions are underpinned by a Permaculture design methodology which is based on whole-systems thinking and informed by ethics (caring for the earth, caring for people and equity). Permaculture principles 10: Use and value diversity and 11: Use edges and value the marginal are of particular relevance, demonstrating that diversity is implicit in healthy thriving ecosystems – as it should be in human communities.


Inuit Knowledge, Innovation and Infrastructure – Inuit youth perspectives on infrastructure for adaptation and resilience

The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) will host a panel discussion with Inuit youth from across Inuit Nunaat, Inuit homelands and territory, to explore answers to the question of how existing Inuit knowledge and Inuit innovation and technologies might help better inform climate-resilient infrastructure. Most of Inuit Nunaat already has an infrastructure deficit that connects to climate resilience and adaptive capacity. For example:

• Education: Most Inuit must travel far from home for post-secondary education.
• Power: Many Inuit communities are reliant on diesel generators to provide power.
• Housing: Lack of sufficient housing is chronic in Inuit communities. In 2017, there were almost 900 people in Greenland with no permanent housing.
• Marine infrastructure: Inuit are coastal people and rely on marine resources. With an Arctic Ocean open for more of the year, the seas present opportunities for traditional harvesting pursuits, and other opportunities from increased shipping access. But this require appropriate infrastructure that is currently sparse in Inuit Nunaat.

Climate change is a challenge to the integrity of various aspects of our community infrastructure. In Alaska, whole Inuit communities are threatened, as big storms are no longer buffered by protective shore ice. In other communities, there are concerns about the integrity of roads, pipelines, water and sewer pipes, and runways. The whole connective tissue of Inuit Nunaat is being challenged by climate change. This event will engage Inuit youth in thinking about and describing the sorts of infrastructure that will be necessary to withstand the changes already occurring in their home communities.


Role of indigenous peoples and their communities and nature-based solutions

The event seeks to generate a space for dialogue and analysis to highlight the importance of the role of indigenous peoples and their territories in the achievement of government´s climate commitments in a context of green, fair and resilient recovery, post COVID 19.

For this, solutions based on communities and nature will be socialized, emphasizing the importance of the territory´s defense strategies and taking into account a context of extractive industries, infrastructures and “exclusive conservation”.

In this sense, the session will show the route that indigenous peoples are taking, as well as their actions in order to give recommendations to guide and articulate with the States for a green, fair and resilient recovery, conserving the territories through practices and traditional and ancient knowledge. These recommendations will be key inputs both for the region and for each of the Amazon countries’ institutions.

In addition, key issues for indigenous peoples that contribute to inclusive conservation will be addressed, such as climate financing, the implementation of the Leticia Pact in indigenous territories, increasing climate ambition through NDCs and Territorial Governance. There will be a space to present indigenous peoples’ own initiatives such as Tambores de la Selva, a community training program in Communication and leadership for young Amazonians, whose purpose is to strengthen professional capacities for the benefit of their community.


  • José Gregorio Díaz Mirabal -General Coordinator – COICA
  • Tabea Cacique – Education, Science and Technology Coordinator -COICA, and part of Aidesep Board (Perú).
  • Other indigenous and institutional representatives to be confirmed


An Inter-generational Conversation Among Women and Youth in the Climate Change & Agriculture Arena

The event will bring together climate, agriculture gender experts and youth representatives both at the policy and grassroots levels.
The session will be an interactive discussion featuring female agricultural experts who are training to become UNFCCC negotiators and youth activists and contributors that, through their shared examples, aim at preserving the planet while increasing their resilience towards climate change.
It will be introduced by a high-profile expert and a moderator will then ask a rapid-fire series of questions to the female agricultural experts/scientists in agriculture about their realities as women advocates for the climate, the good practices they have experienced in their areas of expertise, hopes for the future and challenges they face. It is also foreseen to include an interview with women representing different generations who will share their experiences as female experts from LDC’s and youth explaining what obstacles women in their countries face and recommendations for young women.
The audience will be engaged through a virtual icebreaker using menti-meter polls and leaving time to ask questions to panel members, with final discussion on main challenges to access climate services and last-mile application in the agriculture sector.