FirstWeds Autumn Series (PART 1): The Future is Now: Global Youth Voices on the Climate Crisis

Tune in to #FirstWeds ‘Coping with COP: Reflections on the climate crisis, present and future’ Autumn series

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Wednesday, 6 October, 7 – 8:30 PM, Livestreamed on YouTube

The UN Climate Change Conference – COP26 takes place in Glasgow this coming November. It comes hot on the heels of the most recent and disturbing report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. With COP26 as the backdrop, join us this autumn for our #FirstWeds ‘Coping with COP: Reflections on the climate crisis, present and future’ series where we will be seeking wisdom and inspiration from youth, elders, and a wider cohort of community activists on the climate crisis, present and future.

At the first event of the series, ‘The Future is Now: Global Youth Voices on the Climate Crisis’ on 6 October, our youth panellists from Ireland, the Global South, and First Nations Indigenous from Canada, will reflect and share their perspectives on the present and the future, and their commitment and contribution to new forms of political activism. Our panellists will also discuss their views of the COP26.

Our Panel:

  • Ineza Umuhoza Grace eco-feminist impact-driven actor in the climate change and environment protection sector serving the global community, is based in Rwanda. She holds a bachelor degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rwanda, which shaped her to engage in climate justice by contributing on the national and international level. In 2017 she started the Rwandan Youth NGO The Green Fighter with the aim to increase an active contribution in the creation of a better and protected environment in the community. With the team of 10 youth, they engage in project design and implementation, environment education and advocacy. In 2020, she co-founded the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition aiming to create a borderless youth partnership to seek climate justice through taking action on loss and damage. To date, the coalition is present in +45 countries with roughly 350 members.

  • Skw’akw’as Dunstan-Moore: Skw’akw’as translates to Sunshine in English. She is an Indigenous youth from Lytton, BC in Canada. She is Nlakapamux and Yakama. She holds the position as one of Community Climate Justice Coordinators on the Climate Team at VIDEA and is a member of the Youth Advisory Group at the Canadian Commision for UNESCO.

  • Moderator: Dr Eilish Dillon, Head of the Department of International Development, Maynooth University.
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‘COPING WITH COP’ #FIRSTWEDS AUTUMN SERIES INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING THREE EVENTS:



6 October, 7-8:30 PM: The Future is Now: Global Youth Voices on the Climate Crisis

Join us in October when our youth panellists from Ireland and the global south reflect and share their perspectives on the present and the future, and their commitment and contribution to new forms of political activism. Our panellists will discuss their views of the COP26.

3 November, 7-8:30 PM: Where Does the Wisdom Lie? Elders on the Climate Crisis

In November, we will be in conversation with elders, reflecting on the cascading effects of the climate crises and biodiversity loss. What kind of paradigmatic shift is needed in response, and where does the wisdom for this lie?

1 December, 7-8:30 PM: Post-COP26: Community Activists on Where to Next

By December, COP26 will have concluded. Join our panel of community-based activists to discuss outcomes from COP and to explore how we can continue to work towards a social transformation that is grounded in justice and in responsibility for Earth and for each other.

We hope to see you there!

For any questions and to find out more, please contact Aga at aga@comhlamh.org.

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