Climate Crossroads - Nominations are Open! (EN/ES/FR)

Nominate a Climate Hero

What stories of frontline climate leadership need to be heard and amplified?

The Human Impacts Institute, together with the Tenure Facility and the Ford Foundation, would like your help in amplifying the stories of frontline indigenous and local communities, with a particular focus on women and youth, from the global south who can inspire a ‘new normal’, championing resilience and equality in the face of the climate crisis.

The ”Climate Crossroads” series will showcase how traditional knowledge can help us redefine how to interpret our relationship with nature and each other, through freshly commissioned works of art. Ten leaders will be selected to highlight what we can learn about resilience, cooperation and interconnectedness as we move towards a post-pandemic world, and their stories will be turned into > powerful and moving works of sound and animation.

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We are at a crossroads. Our planet is on ‘pause’ and the inequities and injustices of our current existence are rising to the surface, as communities deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing that our old ‘normal’ is not based on systems that benefit the vast majority of the planet.

But this global pandemic is far from the only global threat. For several decades, indigenous and local communities have been raising their voices to warn about the climate crisis. Sea level rise, extreme weather events, forest fires and coastal erosion are disproportionately affecting these people, already some of the poorest in the world. Simultaneously, we continue to miss globally-set targets for reducing harmful emissions. Further inaction threatens the social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and economic security of everyone across the globe. Despite this, indigenous and local communities are not standing idle. In fact, they have been leaders on adaptation and sustainable coexistence with nature for thousands of years – a world away from current stereotypes portraying them as passive victims of climate impacts.

These underrepresented stories of indigenous and frontline youth and women’s innovation around issues including governance, conservation, education, and health will allow us to explore how every part of our current system needs to adapt to the climate crisis. Stories will be shared through interactive digital platforms and in an exhibit to be launched in NYC.

This is where we need your help.

What stories of frontline climate leadership need to be heard and amplified?



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For more information, visit Nominate a Climate Hero - Tenure Facility.