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ActNowFilm team

Meet the team behind the ActNowFilm project in 2023.

Team profiles

ActNowFilm is a youth voices film series produced by the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Cambridge Zero, as part of the UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN). Find out more about who we are and why we are excited to be part of this project.

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Amy Thompson

I’m the Head of Policy Programmes and Communications at the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and one of the Co- Directors and founders of the ActNowFilm Project. I’m a public policy and communications specialist with experience of connecting and translating between policy and research. I develop and deliver strategies to engage with, inform and influence policy audiences, as well as connecting innovative research more widely through digital communications and public engagement. The climate crisis is the greatest global challenge we face and working on this project, with young people from all over the world, has taught me so much and also given me renewed hope for our sustainable future. It has been a real pleasure to Co-Direct this project, and I look forward to presenting the ActNowFilm at COP28 this year.

Katie Parker

As a co-lead on ActNowFilm since its inception in 2021 for COP26 in Glasgow, this project is very dear to my heart. It’s so important for young people to have a voice on climate change, as the decisions we make today will affect their future and the future of their kids in years to come – something I am only too aware of as a mother of two. I’m now an independent sustainability consultant, having previously worked as Project Manager at the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge. Before that my background was in senior marketing roles in the UK, Asia and Australia for some well-known brands, and most recently in corporate sustainability, helping climate start-ups and marketing organisations work through their climate strategy and plans.

Amy Munro-Faure

I’m Head of Education and Student Engagement at Cambridge Zero. I work at the intersection of education and climate change, developing impactful projects and programmes that can both empower young people with knowledge and skills to both mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to life in a world that will look very different. I’ve been involved with ActNowFilm since its inception for COP26 and have been consistently inspired by watching the project grow. Climate change is the biggest and most complex challenge that we face globally and this set of films puts faces and names on the problem. I’ve been consistently humbled by the clarity and urgency that the young people in these films bring to addressing climate change. I feel enormously privileged to be involved in the project.

Elizabeth Simpson

My name is Beth Simpson and I am the Student Engagement Coordinator at Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge. My job is to run the day-to-day of our student-facing programmes, which aim to empower students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to address the climate crisis. In a field as bleak as climate change, it can be hard to stay optimistic, but I have found working with young people to be incredibly rewarding. They bring such energy, optimism and hope to the climate movement. This is why I am delighted to be working on the ActNowFilm this year to support communications work.

Julia Kreienkamp

I’m the Events and Communications Officer at the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR). As part of this role, I’m involved in developing and delivering the ActNowFilm project’s communications strategy. I have a background in International Relations and, over the course of my career, I have worked in various roles in the higher education sector, both as a communications professional and as a researcher. My research work has focused primarily on the global governance of climate change and other environmental sustainability challenges. These challenges affect all of us – but it is the future generation that will bear the brunt of the climate crisis. Youth voices from all over the world must be front and centre in our response to the climate and nature emergencies. That’s why I’m excited to be part of the ActNowFilm project team and I’m looking forward to hearing your questions and messages to leading climate experts and COP decisionmakers.

Kristian Williams

I’m Kristian Williams, a third-year undergraduate at the University of Bath studying Politics & International Relations, currently on an internship with the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) as a Research Assistant. The challenge of climate change, I believe, is the most foundational issue facing us as an entire species within the next century and even onwards. It requires fast, immediate action, and that can only come once all of us accept the depth of the situation before us. It is for that reason that I am incredibly excited to be involved with the ActNowFilm Project; an endeavour that crosses the generational divide, demonstrating the level of passion and understanding present amongst the youth, world-over. Hopefully, through this project, it will be further evident what young people have to offer in the fight for our planet’s future. After all, it is they who are the Earth’s inheritors.

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