ActNowFilm: youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts is an international youth voices in climate change project, selected to showcase at COP28. The film is based on 1-2-1 conversations between 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and world leading climate experts.
Davina Bacon has just completed an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Environmental Science with Exeter University. She is currently a part-time MP assistant and part-time community organiser in an East London church. Davina grew up in the UK for most of her childhood, then moved to Malawi, then Zambia, before returning to the UK for sixth form.
Davina cares about a wide range of climate-related issues. She has a particular interest in how climate change can be addressed from a justice perspective, as any adaptations/solutions we try must centre the most marginalised and vulnerable people who carry the least responsibility but bear most of the consequences. She also believes that climate action should help people think more systemically about interconnected issues and encourage people to get involved in the movement by making natural and political spaces more diverse and accessible. Davina became involved in climate activism after feeling powerless watching the impacts of Cyclone Idai as it tore across her home country Malawi in 2019.
A lot of Davina’s activism is faith-based, helping people see the links between their faith, justice, and care for people and the planet. She has been involved in the Young Christian Climate Network's Relay to COP26, Christian Aid's Prophetic Activist Scheme's Project Climate Finance, and several more local campaigns. She is also a writer and sea swimmer, and she co-hosts the When Oceans Rise podcast, which aims to make climate issues more accessible.
Dr Tony Juniper CBE is Chair of Natural England. Before taking up this role in April 2019 he was Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK, a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and President of the Wildlife Trusts. Until January 2018 he was an independent sustainability and environment advisor, including as Special Advisor with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit.
He speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes. He is the author of many books, including the multi-award winning bestseller ‘What has nature ever done for us?’ published in 2013. The Ladybird guide to climate change, co-authored with HRH The Prince of Wales and Emily Shuckburgh, was published in January 2017. His latest book, ‘Rainforest‘, was published in April 2018.
Tony began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for tropical rainforests, and from 2003 to 2008 was the organisation’s Executive Director. From 2000 to 2008 he was Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International.
He was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). In 2017 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).