LIFI22: What’s Wrong With Climate Activism?

Saturday 24 September 2022

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How do we platform marginalised communities to alter the mainstream narrative of climate talks? Without equality, can we ever achieve climate justice?

Judy Ling Wong CBE (host)
Pauline Castres
Sara-Elvira Kuhmunen
Dominique Palmer
Lee Pivnik
Hamza Yassin

Leeds International Festival of Ideas event.

  • Howard Assembly Room

Start time

1 hour 30 minutes

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About the panel

Judy Ling Wong CBE is a painter, poet, environmental activist and advisor. She was the UK Director of BEN for 27 years and is now its honorary president. A visionary advocate for diversity and equality, Judy was awarded an OBE for pioneering multicultural environmental participation in 2000, and a CBE for services to heritage in 2007.

Pauline Castres is an activist, artist and policy and advocacy professional. She has over a decade of experience working with local and national governments, EU institutions, and UN agencies. Also a migrant, Pauline has published personal opinion pieces on the status of disabled migrants in the UK. Pauline is currently working on her first novel.

Sara-Elvira Kuhmunen is an Indigenous environmentalist, politician, musician and President of the Sámi youth organisation Sáminourra. Sáminourra promotes and protects the interests and rights of Sámi youth, creates meeting places for the youth of the Sámi people and works to create the best possible conditions for the future.

Dominique Palmer is a climate justice activist and campaigner. She is an organiser within Fridays for Future International and is the Launch Coordinator for Climate Live. She campaigns for bold and systemic change from global leaders and believes in using creative methods to mobilise people.

Miami-based artist Lee Pivnik works in sculpture, video and social practice. In his artwork and curatorial projects, he attempts to create a more regenerative, biophilic, ecozoic world. In 2017 he started the Institute of Queer Ecology, a collaborative, decentralised organism that works to imagine and realise an equitable multispecies future.

Passionate and highly knowledgeable Hamza Yassin is a wildlife cameraman, photographer and presenter. His warm presenting style is set to make him a star of Natural History television. He is known for his work on Countryfile, Scotland: Escape to the Wilderness and as ‘Ranger Hamza’ on the popular CBeebies’ live-action show Let’s Go For A Walk.

Leeds International Festival of Ideas 2022

Leeds International Festival of Ideas (LIFI) is a metropolitan celebration of new ideas and innovation, which aims to introduce the brightest minds to the city and the city to the brightest minds to discuss new ideas and the world of tomorrow.

The festival, brought to the city by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), brings renowned names, experts in their field and some of the world’s most exciting thinkers to Leeds to share thoughts and ideas through a programme of inspiring keynote talks and thought-provoking panels, with its range of speakers just as diverse as the subject matter.

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LIFI22: What’s Wrong With Climate Activism?

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