Generation Green


Intergenerational politics are at the center of the climate crisis. An increasingly vocal global movement of young people is demanding action from political and business leaders who will not be around when the bill for inaction comes due. The disproportionately younger societies of the Global South are wondering whether and how the older, wealthier societies of the Global North will help them with the transition to a net-zero economy. After a climate conference that left many observers disappointed, the debate now is about how political leaders can make up for lost time.

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Moderator: Dharshini David
3:00PMKeynote Address
  1. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Session One – Climate Futures
Although COP26 kept open the pathway for limiting global warming to 1.5°C, much more needs to be done by the world’s biggest emitters before COP27 in November 2022. As they balance domestic politics and economic pressures with international obligations and demands for climate justice, what do political leaders in both the Global North and South need to do in the next ten months to lead the world away from climate disaster?
3:05PMPanel Discussion and Q&A with International Media:
  1. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone
  2. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Member of The Elders, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  3. Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy
3:55PMClosing Remarks
  1. Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Session Two – The Heirs of Inaction
There is an intergenerational injustice at the heart of the climate crisis. By engaging in short-term decision-making for political gain, and by ignoring the voices of those most affected by climate change, global leaders are failing current and future generations. How can we ensure that future leaders retain faith in multilateralism as the best hope of successfully addressing climate change and the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals more broadly?
4:15PMKeynote Remarks
  1. Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Chair of The Elders, former Secretary-General of the UN
4:20PMFireside Chat
  1. Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, former President of Ireland
  2. Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Climate Justice Activist
  3. Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, Founder of the Green Generation Initiative
4:55PMClosing Remarks
  1. Andrew Serazin, President of the Templeton World Charity Foundation

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