Intergenerational and future generations conversations during COP26 you can still watch
The first session that we would recommend is the one held by Magic Me called Generation Rebellion. Since January 2020, Magic Me has worked with younger and older women from East London to explore what climate activism means to them. At COP26 they presented an informal workshop, film screening, and Q&A with the women aged 12 – 80+ behind the film. Magic Me is an arts charity uniting generations to build stronger communities by pioneering intergenerational arts practices that disrupt perceptions of ageing. Generation Rebellion is in partnership with Mulberry School for Girls and builds on our long history of projects reflecting on women’s history, lives, and futures. You can watch this on youtube now.
Another session is the one that was held on the cities day during COP26. Led by The Global Alliance – Cities 4 Children which is a unique coalition of organisations working across health, nutrition, climate change, road safety, air quality, migration, urban design, and child and youth participation. The Global Alliance has the privilege to work with inspiring children and young people from around the world who are taking climate action and advocating for the populations most affected by the climate crisis. This interactive and intergenerational dialogue, chaired by the former Guardian Cities editor Chris Michael, to hear from children, youth, mayors, practitioners, and organisations focused on child wellbeing in cities, on their experiences, solutions, and replicable projects to tackle the climate emergency. You can acess this online.
Film-making has been central to discussion during COP26 with many young people becoming climate filmmakers to show the urgency of the current situation. Watch this session by ActNowFilm, an official COP26 Universities Project, featuring young people from around the world talking about their lived experiences of climate change, their hopes and fears, their climate pledges, and their demands of the COP Negotiators. This session includes a panel discussion by some of those involved in the film’s creation, talking about the importance of youth climate voices.
Another session is one from YOUNGO which is the Youth Constituency of the UNFCCC. It consists of many youth-led organizations, groups, delegations, and individuals working in climate change-related fields. In this session at COP26 YOUNGO looked at the initiatives on the road to COP26 that showcase meaningful youth engagements and how to avoid tokenism. YOUNGO took part in different sessions throughout COP26.
Finally, Eden Projects ran a Festival of Discovery during COP26. One of the sessions they held was a conversation with the inspiring climate activist Vanessa Nakate who was inspired by Greta Thunberg to start her own climate movement in Uganda, Vanessa began a solitary strike against inaction on the climate crisis in January 2019. Vanessa founded Youth for Future Africa and the Africa-based Rise Up Movement. She has spoken at COP25 in Spain 2019, attended the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2020, and was mentioned among the most influential young Africans in 2020 by YouthLead. Her book, A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis was released on 2nd November 2021. A version of this conversation is available online now.
If there are any other sessions that you would like us to share from COP26 that are related to this topic please email with Kate Samuels, Communications and Policy Officer at Generations Working Together.