Young people from across the world can now apply to feature in ActNowFilm: young people in conversation with climate experts. The film, which aims to amplify youth voices in the COP28 negotiations, is produced by the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Cambridge Zero, with support from the UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN).
This collaborative project builds on the successes of two previous youth voices in climate change films, ActNowFilm and ActNowFilm: intergenerational conversations on climate change, which gave young people the opportunity to talk about their concerns, actions and personal experiences in relation to the climate crisis and voice their demands to national and international decision-makers. Both films were showcased to participants and negotiators at the most recent global climate change conferences, COP26 (Glasgow, Scotland) and COP27 (Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt), respectively.
Now in its third instalment, ActNowFilm: young people in conversation with climate experts will feature exchanges between young people and internationally acclaimed climate experts, including leaders from indigenous communities and representatives from business, policy, the third sector and academia. Youth participants will be matched with experts for 1-2-1 conversations, providing opportunities for mutual learning and the sharing of both personal and professional experiences.
Via these youth-led conversations, this year’s film aims to highlight the value, place and importance of youth voices in the urgent climate debates. Young people, from every continent, are capable, ready and committed to be at the centre of global efforts to address the climate crisis. The ActNowFilm project hopes to amplify their voices in the COP28 negotiations, demonstrating that young people are not just able to have pertinent and timely conversations with climate experts but are experts in their own right, through their lived experiences, and able to provide critical leadership on the climate crisis.
The aim is for this film to be presented to delegates at COP28, which will take place from 30 November to 12 December 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is intended to act as a clarion call for the inclusion of young people in the climate debates and to expedite further action to protect humanity from the effects of the climate crisis.
How to get involved
ActNowFilm: young people in conversation with climate experts is open to any young person (aged under 30) living anywhere in the world. This is a unique opportunity to engage with prominent climate experts and a chance to convey your ideas and priorities for climate action to COP28 negotiators.
You can also nominate a climate expert to feature in ActNowFilm: young people in conversation with climate experts. The project aims to bring together a broad range of experts, including (but not limited to) indigenous leaders, practitioners, policymakers, third sector employees, teachers, activists, campaigners, ambassadors, business leaders or academics.
Further details on how to apply or how to nominate a climate expert are available via the ActNowFilm: young people in conversation with climate experts website. The deadline for applications is 2 May 2023.