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Participants in ActNowFilm: youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts

An overview of all participants in this year's ActNowFilm, an international youth voices in climate change project, selected to showcase at COP28.


A collage of all participants in the 2023 ActNowFilm, overlaid by a transparent layer of green and the words: ActNowFilm: youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts
The ActNowFilm is based on 1-2-1 conversations between 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and climate experts from across the world.

ActNowFilm: youth climate leaders in conversation with climate experts is an international youth voices in climate change project, run by the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Cambridge Zero, with support from the UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN) and in partnership with One Young World.

The film, which has been selected to showcase at COP28, is based on 1-2-1 conversations between youth climate leaders and world leading climate experts. We filmed with 30 pairs, from every continent, except Antarctica, with representation from 33 countries. Participants include leaders from indigenous communities, business, policy, activism, academia, the third sector and international organisations.

The full list participants is included below.

Hala Al-Hamawi and Sunita Narain

  • Hala Al-Hamawi, Climate Finance Senior Associate, Global Green Growth Institute, and PhD student, Nottingham Trent University, Jordan and United Kingdom
  • Sunita Narain, Executive Director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India

JP Arellano and Chris Stark

  • Juan Pablo (JP) Arellano, socioecological justice activist, Organiser at the International Degrowth Network, Mexico
  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the UK Climate Change Committee, United Kingdom

Davina Bacon and Tony Juniper

  • Davina Bacon, writer and faith-based climate justice activist, United Kingdom and Malawi
  • Dr Tony Juniper CBE, Chair of Natural England, United Kingdom

Deidre Boodoosingh and Alok Sharma

  • Deidre Boodoosingh, climate activist, Trinidad and Tobago and United Kingdom
  • The Rt Hon Sir Alok Sharma KCMG MP, President for COP26, United Kingdom

Angela Busheshka and Emily Shuckburgh

  • Angela Busheska, social entrepreneur and sustainability activist, North Macedonia
  • Professor Emily Shuckburgh OBE, Director of Cambridge Zero, and Professor of Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dawda Cham and David King

  • Dawda Cham, Deputy Executive Director of HELP-Gambia, The Gambia
  • Professor Sir David King, Founder & Chair, Climate Crisis Advisory Group (International), United Kingdom

Elena Chen and Yeb Saño

  • Yu Chen (Elena), youth climate leader and Sustainable Development student, China and United Kingdom
  • Naderev ‘Yeb’ Saño, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, The Philippines

Amanda de Souza and Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

  • Amanda Nogueira Moreira de Souza, youth activist for equity, racial justice, and Indigenous rights, Brazil
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), Chad

Pamela EA and Patricia Espinosa

  • Pamela Elizarrarás Acitores, climate justice activist and documentary storyteller, co-founder of Latinas for Climate and Climate Words, Mexico
  • Ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Founding Partner and CEO onepoint5, Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Ambassador Emeritus of Mexico, Mexico

Shun Hei Lee and Fatima Denton

  • Shun Hei Lee, MSc student in Environmental Systems and Policy, ETH Zürich, Hong Kong, China
  • Professor Fatima Denton, Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)

Ione Howells and Chris Skidmore

  • Ione Howells, climate advocate, United Kingdom
  • The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore OBE, MP and Chair of the Independent Government Review on Net Zero, United Kingdom

Raina Ivanova and Joeri Rogelj

  • Raina Ivanova, advocate for climate justice and child rights, Germany
  • Professor Joeri Rogelj, Director of Research, Grantham Institute, Professor of Climate Science & Policy, Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London, Belgium and United Kingdom

Prayank Jain and Fatih Birol

  • Prayank Jain, lawyer and climate diplomacy expert, India
  • Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Karan Jerath and Nigel Topping

  • Karan Jerath, inventor, entrepreneur and advocate for the SDGs, United States of America
  • Nigel Topping, CMG, Business Champion for the UK Climate Change Committee, former UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP26, United Kingdom

Palakh Khanna and Craig Bennett

  • Palakh Khanna, Founder and CEO of Break.The.Ice, India
  • Craig Bennett, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts and Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School, United Kingdom

Renata Koch Alvarenga and Katharine Hayhoe

  • Renata Koch Alvarenga, Founder and Executive Director of EmpoderaClima, Brazil
  • Professor Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law, Texas Tech University, Canada and United States of America

Moliehi Mafantiri and Myrna Cunningham

  • Moliehi Mafantiri, environmental scientist, co-founder of Barali, Lesotho
  • Dr Myrna Kay Cunningham Kain, Indigenous rights activist, Nicaragua

Nicc Moeono and Saleemul Huq

  • Fogamomi Nicc Moeono, PhD student, energy transitions expert, and member of the International Youth Climate Delegate Program, Samoa
  • Professor Saleemul Huq (1952-2023), International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh

Lamia Mohsin and Mary Robinson

  • Lamia Mohsin, Oxfam Young Leaders Fellow, Innovation and Project Management Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh
  • Mary Robinson, Chair of the Elders, Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Belinda Ng and Johan Rockström

  • Belinda Ng, Corporate Sustainability Consultant and Youth Leader of the Act4food movement, Hong Kong, China
  • Professor Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany and Sweden

Eva Papanikolaki and Albert Magalang

  • Eva Papanikolaki, climate activist and co-coordinator of Fridays for Future Greece, Greece
  • Albert Altarejos Magalang, Chief, Climate Change Service, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), The Philippines

Dinh-Long Pham and Brighton Kaoma

  • Dinh-Long Pham, Founder and Host of Life Line Podcast, France and Vietnam
  • Brighton Kaoma, Global Director, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth, Zambia and United States of America

Alice Piva and Arunabha Ghosh

  • Alice Maria Piva, architect, multidisciplinary artist and socio-environmental activist, Brazil
  • Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), India

Hellena Sailas and Mark J. Spalding

  • Hellena Sailas, CEO of Arena Recycling Industry, Tanzania
  • Mark J. Spalding, President of the Ocean Foundation, United States of America

Carlos Shanka and Carlos Nobre

  • Carlos Shanka, Founder of Global Shapers Las Palmas, Spain
  • Dr Carlos A. Nobre, Earth System scientist, Brazil

Elizabeth Simpson and Tero Mustonen

  • Elizabeth Simpson, Student Engagement Coordinator at Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Professor Tero Mustonen, President and Founder, Snowchange Cooperative, Finland

Samantha Thian and Ilona Mettiäinen

  • Samantha Thian, Founder of Seastainable, Senior Manager for Sustainability (APAC & MEA), Electrolux, Singapore
  • Ilona Mettiäinen, Visiting Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland

Yolanda Waters and Lorraine Whitmarsh

  • Yolanda Waters, environmental and marine social scientist and community coordinator for Divers for Climate, Australia
  • Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE, Professor in Environmental Psychology, University of Bath, and Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), United Kingdom

Inés Yábar and Christiana Figueres

  • Inés Yábar, Lead of the UN Foundation Next Generation Fellows program and L.O.O.P. pioneer, Peru
  • Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the Outrage & Optimism podcast, Costa Rica

Cynthia Yue and Vanessa Kerry

  • Cynthia Yue, Climate & Health Equity Advocate and Master in Public Policy Candidate at Harvard University, United States of America
  • Dr Vanessa Kerry, CEO Seed Global Health and WHO Special Envoy for Climate Change and Health, United States of America


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