8 of our favorite GLF speakers

Hear from some of our most inspiring thought leaders

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From youth climate activists to veteran policymakers, there’s no shortage of people working to make an impact on humanity and the planet we call home.

Over the course of our 10-year history, we at the Global Landscapes Forum have invited thousands of these changemakers to share their wisdom at our events.

At GLF Nairobi 2023: A New Vision for Earth, we brought you more than 120 inspiring speakers to forge a new path forward for a planet on the brink. Here are eight of our favorite thought leaders from over the years who rejoined us this month.

Wanjira Mathai

Renowned Kenyan environmentalist Wanjira Mathai is the managing director for Africa and global partnerships at the World Resources Institute. Named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2018, 2020 and 2021, she has been an advocate for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms for over 20 years.

In this clip from GLF Accra 2019, watch Mathai call on Africa’s youth to lead the continent’s green transition.

Ayisha Siddiqa

Ayisha Siddiqa is a Pakistani–American human rights and land defender. A co-founder of Polluters Out and Fossil Free University, she currently serves as a youth climate advisor to the UN Secretary General. Earlier this year, she was named one of Time’s 100 Women of the Year.

In this video from GLF Climate 2022, Siddiqa explains what loss and damage means, and why it’s so important for climate justice

Marina Silva 

Marina Silva is a Brazilian politician and environmentalist who currently serves as Brazil’s minister of the environment and climate change. She is the founder of the Sustainability Network Party (REDE) and previously served as a senator of the state of Acre between 1995 and 2011 and minister of the environment from 2003 to 2008.

In this video from GLF Amazonia 2021, she warns that the Amazon is nearing a tipping point that would see it permanently dry out – with dire implications for the climate crisis.

Bill McKibben

Author, environmentalist and activist Bill McKibben is a co-founder and senior advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world. In 1988, he wrote The End of Nature, the first book about climate change for a common audience.

Here, he explains to the audience at GLF New York 2019 why water is key to overcoming the climate and environmental challenges that lie ahead.

Vandana Shiva 

Dr. Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, physicist, ecologist, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, ecofeminist, editor and author of more than 20 books. She is the founder of Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers’ rights.

At GLF Bonn 2020, she points out the irony that most of the world’s hungry people are in fact farmers. She reveals where agriculture went wrong – and how we can fix it.

Lindiwe Sibanda

Lindiwe Sibanda serves on the Nestlé board, as chair of the council at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe, and as extra ordinary professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is also an associate fellow at Chatham House.

In this video, she addresses the audience at GLF Warsaw 2013 – the first-ever GLF event, held alongside the COP19 climate summit in Warsaw, Poland.

Rodrigo Medellín 

Ecologist Rodrigo Medellín is a senior professor of ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). A leading expert on the conservation of Mexico’s mammals, especially bats, his approach combines community ecology, plant-animal interactions, population biology and molecular ecology.

In this video from GLF Climate 2021, he spells out why bats are so important to our planet’s ecosystems – and why we need to protect them to prevent the next pandemic.

Éliane Ubalijoro

Éliane Ubalijoro is the chief executive officer of the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF). She has been a professor of practice for public-private sector partnerships at McGill University since 2008, with research interests focusing on innovation, gender and sustainable development for prosperity creation.

At GLF–Luxembourg Finance for Nature 2023, she explains why sustainable finance is so crucial to helping the Global South cope with the effects of the climate crisis.

Register now for GLF Nairobi 2023: A New Vision for Earth to hear more from these and 120+ other exciting speakers.

This article is focused on value chains in support of the work of the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR), with funding from the Global Environment Facility.

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