Closing Session | Stage 1

Closing the ‘Planet’ day of deep-dive dialogues, shared stories and innovations, this session will enforce our direction of travel on climate action. Vanessa Nakate, a global leader in the Fridays for Future movement and founder of Rise Up Movement, will be invited to present her vision of where we go from here. The young powerful activist will underscore the gargantuan shift in action needed for our future, explicitly highlighting who needs to take what forward.

In this conversation with MC Nadira Hira, Vanessa will draw on her own journey as a climate activist from the Global South, and illustrate the interlinkages that she has witnessed between the climate movement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The discussion will be rooted in urgency – how we radically transform our societies at scale before hitting a point of irreversible damage. 


Nadria Hira - Moderator
Master of Ceremonies

Nadira Hira is a writer, host, and passionate progressive known for her distinctive voice and the compelling conversations she’s used it to create. Nadira’s spoken everywhere from Google and Disney to the United Nations; appeared on the likes of NPR, HBO, and CNN; and explored the far reaches of modern culture for many print outlets, including Newsweek and Fortune, where she did some of her favorite journalism as a staff writer chronicling the Millennial generation. A would-be poet, professional sports fan, and proud graduate of Stanford University, Nadira’s eternally grateful to call Brooklyn, New York, home.

Vanessa Nakate
Climate Justice Activist, Founder of The Rise Up Movement

Vanessa Nakate is a climate activist from Uganda . She was the First Fridays For Future climate activist in Uganda and founder of the Rise up Climate Movement, which aims to amplify the voices of activists from Africa. Her work includes raising awareness to the danger of climate change, the causes and the impacts. She spearheaded the campaign to save Congo’s rainforest, which is facing massive deforestation. This campaign later spread to other countries from Africa to Europe. She is working on a project that involves installation of solar and institutional stoves in schools. She holds a degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Makerere University Business School. Vanessa was one of the young climate activists who were chosen to speak at the COP25 gathering in Spain, and she was one of 20 climate activists who penned a letter addressed a letter to the participants of the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling on them to stop subsidizing fossil fuels.

September 23, 14:30
14:30 — 15:00EST(GMT-4) (30′)


Nadria Hira (Master of Ceremonies), Vanessa Nakate (Climate Justice Activist/The Rise Up Movement)