Julie’s Bicycle at COP 28

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This year we are proud to be co-curating the Resilience Hub’s Arts, Culture, Antiquities and Heritage events at COP28.

The Resilience Hub is an inclusive virtual and physical space designed to mobilise action on resilience and adaptation at the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, and beyond. The Hub brings together people from every region across civil society, the private sector, academia and government to accelerate the action and investment needed to build resilience everywhere, and make our communities safer, healthier and more just.

In partnership with international development organisation, HIVOS, Julie’s Bicycle have curated four events to highlight the vital role that culture has to play in the response to climate change. 

The programme’s content aims to support the campaign to put culture at the heart of climate policy – a global call to action launched in advance of this year’s COP, asking the UN to adopt a ‘Joint Work Decision on Culture and Climate Action’. Find out more.

The events from the Resilience Hub will be taking place at COP for those that are there, but also available to stream online. Register with the Resilience Hub in order to access the live stream.

More information about the events:

>>3 December, 11am-12pm GMT/ 3-4pm UAE
Preserving Our Legacy: Climate Resilience for Culture and Heritage

Lead by: Climate Heritage Network (CHN) and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
Speakers: Joyee Chakma – Indigenous Community Representative; Julianne Polanco – Climate Heritage Network; Rosie Paul – Masons Ink, India; Adrian Martinez – La Ruta Del Clima, Costa Rica; Haifa Abelalhaleem (TBC); Nusrat Naushin, Savio Rozario and Sumaiya Selim, ICCCAD.

Voices from frontline communities will share their climate action stories. Such stories and forms of art strengthen the evidence base of loss and damage due to climate change, shedding light on the often overlooked aspects of non-economic loss and damage in the form of cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge. Through this lens, things like a new method of evaluating non-economic loss and damage, cultural centred climate vulnerability assessments, community-engaged training will be featured to show how putting people in the centre of solutions helps drive ambition to meet the urgency before us.

>>9 December, 11am-12pm GMT/ 3-4pm UAE

How Creativity Can Build Resilient Communities
Lead by: Julie’s Bicycle and People’s Palace Projects
Speakers: Alison Tickell – Julie’s Bicycle; Thiago Jesus – People’s Palace Projects; Pirata Waura – Ulupuene Indigenous Association (NGO); Anjali Sai Chalise – Nepalese Youth for Climate Action; Shirley Djukurna Krenak – activist for Indigenous voices within the climate movement; Maheen Zia – a Karachi-based filmmaker and film editor; Marvi Mazhar – architect, Pakistan; and Dr Khalid Shamboul – Saving Sudan’s Living Heritage project.

How can art and culture shape how communities build resilience in the face of climate impacts? Join us to gain insights from artists and practitioners from Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, and Nepal, among others. In this session discussion, film and performance show that recognising historical patterns (including the impact of colonialism), and understanding cultural interactions, can enhance the adaptive capacity of communities and ecosystems. 

>>11 December, 6.30-7.30am GMT / 10:30-11:30am UAE

Artivism for a Resilient Future: Democratising science and amplifying alternative voices through art
Led by: HIVOS and CDKN – Climate and Development Knowledge Network
Speakers: Phylemon Okoth, Empathatre/One Ocean Hub, Diyah Deviyanti, Mundano

Indigenous, traditional, and local knowledge, culture, and heritage are often not acknowledged, nor validated in climate research, action and policy. Marginalised groups often are not included in the decision making process, and those knowledges that are often expressed through art, cultural experiences, and values have not been understood generally.

On the other hand, art has the potential to cut across disciplinary, socio-economic, linguistic and educational differences. Art is a shared language that could amplify alternative voices, makes cultures visible, audible, and tangible and able to communicate climate impacts from multiple vantage points. Through this session, we will convene artists and storytellers from different perspectives of the world to share and perform their stories, engage in, with, and through art for climate justice and a resilient future.

>>11 December, 9:30-10:30am GMT / 1.30-2.30pm UAE

The Journey of Entertainment and Culture for Climate Action
Led by: Entertainment and Culture for Climate Action (ECCA), UNFCCC
Speakers: Susannah Tantemsapya, Emellie O’Brien and Samuel Rubin from ECCA + more speakers TBC.

Organisers of the first global Entertainment and Culture sectoral initiative under UNFCCC come together to share the experience of developing the initiative and working towards collective climate action in the creative industries.


These events are available to watch online!

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