Give Young People a Voice at Global Climate Talks

Youth leaders and world figures featured in ActNowFilm call for young people to be included in national climate negotiation teams and global decision-making.

COP28 Film Premiere: 8 December 2023
Trailer Release: 27 November 2023

ActNowFilm features young people from Lesotho to London in candid conversations with influential leaders, such as former Ireland President Mary Robinson and Christiana Figueres, architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement and Chair of Prince William's Earthshot Prize.

In ActNowFilm, young people and global climate experts tell each other about their personal experiences of the devastating effects of climate change and express their frustration over the slow pace of current global action to reduce emissions and protect life on Earth.

Youth leaders like Moliehi Mafantiri from Lesotho, express confidence in the younger generation's ability to drive change at a faster pace. Experienced players on the world stage say young people must be included in the efforts to secure their own future.

“I find hope in the actions of youth that we are brave enough to take governments to task. We simply need to work together, learn from each other from across regions. There is far more that unites us than that which divides us.”
Moliehi Mafantiri from Lesotho, young climate leader featured in the ActNowFilm

Scroll down to view the trailer for the ActNowFilm.

The voices of young people are not just whispers of tomorrow but are rallying cries for today." - Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, a group founded by Nelson Mandela to tackle some of the world's toughest problems.

Some of the participants involved in the film

Some of the participants involved in the film

The film sees 30 pairs of youth climate leaders and leaders of indigenous communities, in business, policy, activism, the third sector, international organisations and academia put their heads together on climate change.

Youth climate leaders who contribute to ActNowFilm also include Inés Yábar, who successfully campaigned for Peru to ban single-use plastic bags and Raina Ivanova, a climate justice activist from Germany who was part of the ‘Children vs. Climate Crisis’ petition, alongside Greta Thunberg.

Three of the young people featured in the film are also part of the COP28 International Youth Climate Delegate Program, as well as youth founders of start-ups and charity foundations, Forbes 30 under 30 winners, and UN youth ambassadors and delegates.

The 30-minute “Act Now” film was led by Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's climate change initiative, and the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR). The film was supported by the UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN), in partnership with One Young World, and produced by Octopus Films.

The UAE will host COP28 from 30 November to 12 December, where governments from nearly 200 countries across the world will negotiate the actions needed to address the climate crisis.

ActNowFilm has been selected to screen in the Green Zone, Terra Auditorium, on Friday 8 December 15:00-16:30 as part of COP28’s Youth, Children, Education and Skills Day. The film will also screen at COP28 on Saturday 9 December 15:00-16:30 in the GAUC Pavilion.

ActNowFilm will be available to stream online from 8 December.

“The young people in ActNowFilm understand what action is needed, have witnessed first-hand the destructive effects of climate change and are determined to influence the agreements that will define their future on this Earth.

"They only need education and training in how to contribute their unique skills and perspectives in the formal environment."

Dr Amy Munro-Faure, Cambridge Zero Head of Education and Student Engagement.
ActNowFilm lead from the University of Cambridge.

Published 27 November 2023

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Cambridge Zero is the University of Cambridge’s ambitious climate change initiative, harnessing the power of research to tackle climate change at one of the top global research universities in the world.