Bridging Perspectives on Environmental Justice and Youth Activism 

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Time and place

December 3, 2023

13:00 - 13:45 (UTC+04:00)

Bellona Foundation Pavillion, Zone B7/88, Blue Zone, COP28

Organised by Bellona, BAFTA, Futerra and Think-Film 

As the climate crisis progresses, it’s become increasingly obvious  that it is i exacerbating existing inequalities. There has been some progress in mobilizing resources to address these inequities in some parts of the world, including the largest-ever grant program recently announced by the Environmental Protection Agency. Yet, supporting environmental justice efforts hinges not only  on funding, but also  community leadership, youth empowerment , and supporting  people to take control. 

This panel will explore ways to engage communities and youth activists to put environmental justice at the center of the climate agenda. The conversation will draw on the perspectives of both leading private and public organizations, as well as storytelling from the front lines of the climate justice movement. 


  • Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder & Chief Solutionist, Futerra  (moderator) 
  • Kate Brandt, CSO, Google 
  • Michael S. Regan, US EPA Administrator   
  • DR. Beverly Wright, Founder/CEO of Deep South Center for Environmental Justice  
  • Joi Lee, Earthrise Studio