This month’s #Youth4Climate pre-COP event in Milan will see 400 international youth champions present their big ideas for achieving a sustainable future.
Taking place between 28-30 September it will bring together young people aged between 15 and 29, who were selected to ensure a geographical and gender balance.
“The 400 young people from all over the world attending Youth4Climate will address the main urgencies and priorities of climate action by working around four themes: Youth driving ambition; Sustainable recovery; Non-state actors’ engagement; Climate-conscious society. Each theme corresponds to a working group which will be led by two people: a youth representative and a senior expert from international organisations,” the event website sates.
Greta Thunberg’s work has galvanised young people worldwide to take a stand against inaction on climate change. The ongoing impact being made by this generation was celebrated in the documentary NOW – about young climate activists – named as the ‘winning production’ at this year’s prestigious Golden Nymph Awards, presented to the winners of the official competition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.
Innovators Magazine is a proud media partner of the film, which was created and written by Claudia Rinke, a regular contributor to the magazine, and directed by Jim Rakete.
On where the idea for the film came from, Rinke said: “NOW is a documentary film about young environmental activists. Having worked internationally for the UN for several years as a Legal Advisor, I am aware how crucial the current young generation is for the course the world takes next. That was one of the reasons I have written two young adult books. Since there was a lot of interest to make a film adaptation based on my novel THE BRIDE I had the chance to also make a documentary film. It was immediately clear to me that I wanted to make a film about young activists. At the same time the climate movement gathered momentum and we had the rare opportunity to document this process from the beginning; we were there when history was written.”