“If nature could bill us for what is being used, it would drive change very quickly.”

This year, GLF Clima 2022 took place over two days in conjunction with COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, as well as online as a hybrid conference that brought together hundreds of speakers and thousands of participants from around the world. If you are looking for an overview of GLF Clima by the numbers, you may find that here.

Speakers at GLF Climate 2022 delivered inspiring talks and memorable panels. Here is a selection of notable quotes from some of the speakers who took the stage this year.

Agents of change: Women, youth and local communities

“I would like to make a call to action: A call… where humanity is at the center of climate action, where the earth is at the center of biodiversity, and biodiversity is beautifully linked to climate change, because in a nutshell , we cannot -link global environmental challenges, and people are at the center of that struggle, especially youth, local communities and women. They are the agents of change.” – Yasmine Fouad, Minister for the Environment, Arab Republic of Egypt

“We have heard from all these audiences (students, teachers, youth, artists) who don’t just want to hear or read about the climate crisis and deforestation issues. They want to be engaged, to be heard, and most of all…they want their voices to matter.” – Flora Pereira, Director of Education and International Outreach, Pulitzer Center

“Seeing the interaction between trees, forests and women’s livelihoods will be key to achieving sustainable development, sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation and combating climate change.” – Cécile Ndjebet, President, REFACOF

“Young people have been screaming about loss and damage financing from the rooftops. It is a discourse about civil society. We have made it popular. At the same time, it is not being taken seriously in the negotiations.” – Ayisha Siddique, Co-Founder, Polluters Out and Fossil Free University

Sônia Guajajara, indigenous politician and congresswoman, speaks at GLF Clima 2022
Sônia Guajajara, indigenous politician and congresswoman, speaks at GLF Clima 2022. GLF

Financing the fight against climate change

“Climate finance is one of the key discussions at COP27 because one of the biggest challenges is adaptation and, in particular, supporting countries that have emitted the least but are on the receiving end of the greatest climate impacts.” – Nancy Saich, Lead Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank (EIB)

“It is important that we all understand how money moves, because we all fit into this diagram, we all need to know what our role is, we all need to know who we should partner with and we also need to know what might be missing.” – Jennifer Pryce, CEO of Calvert Impact Capital

“Sustainable financing for local climate action is crucial. This is where we can best see the impacts of the climate emergency and how we can improve and create prosperity for local communities.” – Jimmy Skenderovic, Senior Analyst, International Climate Finance Accelerator, Luxembourg (ICFA)

indigenous rights

“The ability to hear and listen to the voice of Mother Earth is the manifestation of indigenous ways of being, knowing and learning. And these shapes come from thousands of years of experience that indigenous peoples have heard from their ancestors, and this experience is known as our traditional knowledge. Our traditional knowledge is the result of the symbiotic relationship between the land and the people on it.” – Galina Angarova, Executive Director, Cultural Survival

“It is important to remember that Indigenous Peoples are only 5 percent of the world’s population, but 82 percent of the world’s protected biodiversity is found within our territories. We protect it and often pay the price with our own lives. It is important that those who most defend nature have their rights respected, including the right to participate in decision-making spaces.” – Sônia Guajajara, indigenous politician and congresswoman, Brazil

Attendees sit up and applaud at GLF Climate 2022
Attendees at GLF Clima 2022. GLF

No more business as usual

“Rights are at the core of both climate adaptation and mitigation. We need donors, investors and the private sector to not only support but implement these principles to move away from business as usual. It is important to have principles, but unless they are implemented, there is no systemic change.” – Solange Bandiaky-Badji, President and Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative

“Companies should be givers and not takers in this world. The only acceptable way to run our businesses, the only way to deliver our business models, is to think regeneratively, restoratively, and remedially.” – Paul Polman, businessman, author

“If nature could bill us for what is being used, it would drive change very quickly.” – Christopher Brett, FOLUr Program Leader and Lead Agribusiness Specialist World Bank

eager to change

“We are also connected by hope, and hope is our greatest ally that we can embrace and maybe change this.” – John Colmey, Managing Director, GLF

“The window to keep the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius is closing fast, but we know that the solution to this climate emergency is to transform all segments of society, whether in transport, energy, production food, buildings or manufacturing; all of them must be fundamentally transformed. The good news is that we have many of the solutions we need. We just have to work towards widespread adoption. Importantly, each of us has the power to make change happen.” – Ko Barrett, Vice President, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

“We need to start seeing the earth and nature as a community to which we belong rather than as products to be exploited. This is stewardship in simple terms.” – Ravi Prabhu, Acting Director General, CIFOR-ICRAF

“We need to make progress in adapting to and mitigating climate change, fight desertification and land degradation, and improve food security. Holistic landscape-based approaches are a powerful lever to achieve this.” – Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany

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