Watch the recording of the Conversation for Change

The Conversation for Change panel was the launch event for The Climate Connection.

Stevie Spring, the British Council’s Chairman, introduced the online panel discussion.

The panel featured the following expert speakers:

  • Ahmed Yassin, the co-founder of Banlastics Youth Initiative in Egypt
  • Alison Tickell, founder of Julie’s Bicycle, a leading UK arts organisation focusing on climate change  
  • Rishika Das Roy, a Future Leaders Connect alumna and current Technical Policy Consultant at Oxford Policy Management in India 
  • Christopher Graham, teacher, educator and writer, founder of ELT Footprint, a 2020 ELTons winner.

Graihagh Jackson, presenter of the BBC’s The Climate Question, moderated.

COP26 President Alok Sharma MP pre-recorded an opening speech about the UK’s ambitions for COP26 and tackling climate change. He highlighted the important role that civil society and young people can play.

The panel session also featured a video from award-winning author Neil Gaiman.

All our expert panel contributors provided valuable comments about the role of arts, culture and education and English in climate change, as well as on policy and individual action.

Watch COP26 President Alok Sharma's opening speech and Neil Gaiman's video below

Left to right from top left: Stevie Spring, Chairman of the British Council; Ahmed Yassin, from Banlastics Youth Initiative; Neil Gaiman, award-winning author (Photo: Beowulf Sheehan); Graihagh Jackson, BBC podcast presenter; Christopher Graham, from ELT Footprint; Alok Sharma MP, COP26 President-Designate; Rishika Das Roy, from Oxford Policy Management; and Alison Tickell, from Julie’s Bicycle.