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COVID-19 & the Climate Crisis

What the Experts Say: Coronavirus & Children
(Past event)

Event type: Webinar

Related research: Climate change and children

events22 October 2020
time15:00 - 16:00 CET

From March to May this year the world has stood still. The impossible seemed possible: cleaner air, greener, quieter cities. From Lagos to London, Lahore to Los Angeles, greenhouse gasses fell by an astonishing 17%. The right result but for the wrong reasons. Can we do it again? 

Has COVID changed Climate Change? Can children who’ve left the least damage on the planet now make the biggest difference?

Join us on Leading Minds Online as we ask the experts. On Thursday 22 October at 15:00 CET | 09:00 EST, UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti presents its eighth Leading Minds Online webinar ‘What the Experts Say - Coronavirus and Children' on COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis.


  • Dr. Vandana Shiva, Environmental activist and scholar
    Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and anti-globalization author. Based in Delhi, Shiva has written more than 20 books. Shiva is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, and a figure of the anti-globalization movement. 
  • Anthony Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank
    Professor Anthony Nyong is the Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank. He has about 30 years of experience in environmental and natural resources management, environmental and social safeguards, renewable energy and green growth that span academia, private sector and development finance. He has served on several Global Advisory and Scientific Boards on climate change, environment and green growth. He is named among the top 20 of the 100 most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019 by Apolitical.
  • Gautam Narasimhan, Senior Adviser for Climate, Energy and Environment, UNICEF
    He began his career as an environmental engineer in the United States and India, supporting government and private sector clients in the fields of water treatment, air pollution control and waste management. More recently he worked in Afghanistan where he supported the government in developing energy policies, implemented a coordination platform for energy sector investments, identified and structured scalable and replicable renewable energy projects and conducted financial due diligence in support of investment by international development partners. 
  • Beth Doherty, Climate activist
    Beth is a co-founder of School Strikes for Climate Ireland and member of Fridays for Future. Beginning at age 15, Doherty has raised awareness of efforts to fight climate change. She has written pieces for about the failure of the Irish government to meet its 2020 climate goals, and she appeared at the ‘Loud & Clear! Youth views on Climate’ event at the European Parliament office with several MEP candidates in Dublin to speak in favor of better climate policy.


Anthony Nyong
Director of Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank
Vandana Shiva
environmental activist and scholar
Gautam Narasimhan
Senior Adviser for Climate, Energy and Environment, UNICEF
Beth Doherty
Climate Activist
Sarah Crowe
David Anthony

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