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Ione Howells and Professor Chris Skidmore OBE MP

Learn more about ActNowFilm participants Ione Howells and Professor Chris Skidmore OBE MP.


Photos of ActNowFilm participants Ione Howells and Chris Skidmore OBE, with their names displayed underneath. The bottom of the picture features the ActNowFilm logo and the film title “Youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts”.
Ione Howells and Professor Chris Skidmore OBE MP are one of 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and climate experts from across the world matched for 1-2-1 conversations as part of this year’s ActNowFilm.

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.

Ione Howells is a postgraduate student in Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Bristol. Focussing on the power of youth advocacy to create positive change, she is especially interested in the connection between people and their environment and exploring policy interventions that promise to create simultaneous benefits for both nature and local communities.

Ione has recently completed a BSc in Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath, where she wrote her dissertation on the links between capitalism, our conception of time and the climate crisis. Earlier this year, Ione presented this research at the 2023 Political Studies Association (UK) Undergraduate Conference, where she explored how this understanding can be used to create possibilities for a more climate-friendly and vibrant future.

Outside of academia, Ione is engaged in a number of advocacy projects. This includes representing her home island of Jersey at the 11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in 2022 and working alongside the National Trust on a youth pilot project to shape the organisation’s future direction.

The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore OBE was elected Conservative MP for Kingswood in May 2010. He is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath.

Chris has held a number of ministerial positions, including Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, at the Department for Education, and at the Department of Health and Social Care. In June 2019, as Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, he signed the UK's Net Zero Pledge into law.

Chris is widely known as the Chair of the Independent Government Review on Net Zero, “Mission Zero”, which was published in January 2023 and which urged the UK to seize an “historic opportunity” afforded by the transition to Net Zero.


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