Climate change is a fact. What can we do when our governments don’t do enough? Experts from climate organisations discuss the tools which will affect positive change every day and help our planet right now.
From local initiatives to individual efforts, we are reminded that no action is too small.
Hosted by Jo Benn, The Nature Conservancy
About the Speakers:
Emma Thornton is a Project Manager with the environmental consulting firm Energy Solutions and a Coordinator for Youth4Nature. At Energy Solutions, she manages a program delivering energy efficiency across the Northeast United States and provides data analysis and software management expertise.
She is also a co-founder and Department Representative for the company’s Environmental and Social Justice team. Outside of work, Emma isinvolved in various projects at Youth4Nature with a particular focus on USA mobilization and private sector engagement to combat the linked climate, ecological, and humanitarian crises.
She graduated from Northeastern University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and expertise in natural sustainability and environmental justice. Prior to her current position, Emma worked at Oxfam, Ceres, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Environment America, and the Northeast Environmental Justice Research Collaborative. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, USA with her kitten Kari and perhaps one too many plants.
Fernando Morales is a young climate activist and environmental scientist at Granada University. Fernando specializes in landscape restoration, leading nature-based restoration projects in southern Spain, helping communities transform desertified-lands into healthy and productive landscapes.
In addition, Fernando keeps his research at the cutting edge of the restoration economy in Latin America working with the non-profit organization Regenera Hub and as global ambassador for Youth4Nature. Prior to her current position, Fernando participated in various green entrepreneurship programs at Babson College (USA), Impact Hub (Italy) and Creative cities (Belgium) to strengthen his business skills for environmental impact. As a strong believer in the power of positive-thinking He envisions a world with intergenerational justice and nature as part of the solution for climate recovery.
Zion Lights is Director of Environmental Progress UK and author of The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting. She has an MSc in Science Communication from The University of the West of England (UWE) and is a passionate environmental journalist and activist. In 2019 Zion Lights was a coordinator in Extinction Rebellion UK’s Media & Messaging team, and founded its newspaper, The Hourglass. She has been called ‘Britain’s greenest mother’ by The Daily Telegraph and ‘an eco-pragmatist, happily heavy on science’ by The Guardian. Zion lives in Devon, UK, with her two children.
Laura Kehoe is a scientist at the Nature Conservancy and the University of Oxford investigating policy levers to better protect the living world. Laura is an ecologist by training and an activist by nature. In her professional career as a researcher, Laura has filmed chimpanzees, listened to whales, and raised the voices of local communities. In her spare time she has also started a few projects of her own including: 400trees.org – a venture that has raised funds to plant over 150 thousand trees on degraded farmland; EUBrazilTrade.org – a campaign that brought together over 600 scientists in the EU and 300 Indigenous groups in Brazil to call on the EU to make trade with Brazil sustainable; and Dear Green Santa – a new Santa that wants to know what you want for the planet this Christmas – empowering children and adults to imagine a better world and spark conversations on how to create a brighter future.
Claudia Rinke is a border crosser. She holds a doctorate in law and has worked for major international law firms and the United Nations on four continents. She incorporates these experiences into her work as an author. She has written an internationally successful non-fiction book, published by C.H. Beck, and a youth novel about online radicalisation. The film rights to this novel “The Bride” have been acquired by the film production company Zum goldenen Lamm.
Claudia had the idea for “NOW”. Not least because of her international activities, she has long been aware of how big the global challenges will be for the young generation. During the development phase of the film, there were increasing signs that a new and large youth movement could emerge. Jim Rakete joined as director and the project was literally developed further in the course of time. Claudia and Jim had been with the young activists since the first climate demonstrations in Berlin and accompanied them to the White House in Washington and to the United Nations in New York. In this way, the film has developed into an important contemporary witness. It documents how a determined young generation made history within a year and changed the course of the world for the better.
Claudia Rinke lives in Hamburg.
About the Host:
Jo Benn specialises in communicating and campaigning on international environmental issues. She currently works as the Director Comms for Special Projects The Nature Conservancy alongside her role as Editor-In-Chief for Nature4climate – an initiative aims to increase investment and action on natural climate solutions in support of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Having lived and worked in seven countries, Joanna considers herself very much a ‘global citizen’. She began her career as a broadcast journalist and has since worked for various non-governmental organisations, for think tanks, the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as for international news networks and print outlets.
Event in partnership with The Nature Conservancy
This Panel discussion is part of the Raindance Film Festival Industry Programme: Independent Film Beyond 2020. To access all panels purchase the UK All Access or International All Access Pass from £14.99.