Climate Action Festival

07.12.19 | Event
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Doruk Yemenici
Climate action can be seen in several different contexts today, in our daily lives but also in corporations and social institutions. In what way can for example museums be gameplayers when it comes to climate action? Climate action is a driver for change, but the question still remains; Is change happening fast enough?
We warmly welcome you to our Climate Action Festival day to hear and learn more about these interesting topics.


12:00 PM - 06:30 PM

IFEMA - Feria de Madrid , hall 6
Avda. del Partenón 5
28042 Madrid

12.00-13.00 Curating climate change together: Museums and Action for Climate Empowerment

Museums represent a global infrastructure that can play a key part in climate education, awareness and action.Take part in this event to understand what museums have been doing in this area, and explore what they could be doing in your context.

ECOS, Curating Tomorrow, Danish Youth Delegate for SDGs and Climate

13.15-13.30 Briefing: What is going on at COP25 in Madrid?

Joint event between Stockholm and Madrid 📺

We open the backdoor and you get the last updates from the UN Climate negotiations.

Ludwig Bengtsson, Youth Delegate to the UNFCCC, Sweden

14.00-15.00 Unfolding the tools that will accelerate the energy transition

How quickly can we deliver change? And at what cost? The unfortunate truth about climate change is that the longer we wait, the higher the cost. And we cannot afford the high costs of inaction. This side-event to the COP25 brings together a broad variety of policy-makers and private-sector leaders to focus on how policies and technology solutions available today can cost-effectively support the decarbonization of our energy systems. It highlights that to achieve climate neutrality and unleash the societal benefits of doing so, substantial climate action rests on two principles of action: 1) cutting energy consumption, and 2) covering remaining energy consumption with renewables.

  • Brian Dean, Head of Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Energy for All
  • Laura Van Wie McGrory, Vice President, Alliance to Save Energy
  • Helen Watts, Director of Innovation and Partnerships, Student Energy
  • Stephen Nzioka, Deputy Director, Kenya Ministry of Energy
  • Bertrand Piccard, Founder, Solar Impulse Foundation 
  • Aurélie Jardin, Public Affairs & Partnerships Director, Schneider Electric
  • Jennifer Layke, Global Director - Energy Program, World Resources Institute
  • Jan-Willem Van de Ven, Head of Climate Finance and Carbon Market, EBRD


15.30-16.30 The heat is on: ingredients to close the SDG7 clean cooking finance gap by 2030

The world is at a tipping point in ensuring sufficient finance flows to meet SDG7 targets and achieve universal electrification and clean cooking access by 2030. The data shows this to be increasingly unlikely without urgent and substantial action. Join us for a practical discussion, with experienced practitioners, on financing and implementing electrification and clean cooking solutions in developing countries, with a special focus on accelerating access to finance for women.


  • Mr. Tom Derksen, Managing Director Renewable Energy, SNV
  • Ms. Chavi Meattle, Climate Finance Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI)
  • Mr. Hubert Ruzibiza, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA)


  • Olivia Coldrey, Lead Finance Specialist, SEforALL


17.00-18.30 Nordic Talks: Is climate change changing parenthood

Joint event between Stockholm and Madrid 📺

Why don’t grownups care about climate change? That is a question many parents most likely will be answering their children in the 2020’s, unless we as adults, role models and political leaders start to act as though we mean business when it comes to saving our planet and securing a safe future for our children. With Greta Thunberg as their trailblazer, children are starting to educate their parents and demand responsibility. Are roles changing while the poles are melting? Is climate change changing parenthood?

Host: Sara Bro (DK)

Sara Bro is a well-known Danish TV- and radio host, author and public figure, wanting to inspire other women not to be ashamed of their bodies. This year, she was a host at an event at “Ungdommens Folkemøde” 2019: a discussion with politicians and the young generation about one of the biggest questions of our time: How we solve the climate crisis.


Terje Håkonsen (NO)

Terje Håkonsen is a Norwegian professional snowboarder and entrepreneur. He is considered one of the most influential snowboarders in the history of the sport. He has founded both the Funkisstiftelsen, a foundation intended to initiate and inspire activities on snow for those with physical disabilities, and Greener Events, a leader in facilitating and providing advice on environmental awareness for all types of sporting and cultural events.

Anna Gedda (SE):

Anna Gedda is Head Of Sustainability at H&M. For several years in a row, her name has been on "The Most Powerful Women in Business: Social Change"- list in Sweden, including this year's list. Her goal for is for H&M only to use durable or recycled materials before 2030, be climate positive throughout the value chain before 2040 and continue to improve working conditions for factory workers.

Lena Endre (SE):

Lena Endre is one of Sweden's most popular and successful actresses. This year, she got the honorable assignment to read Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem "Nyårsklockan" at Skansen on New Year's Eve 2019. Furthermore, she is a Greenpeace Ambassador, who, among other things, has been leading the call to Protect the Antarctic.

Nordic Council of Ministers

LIVE from 1:15 p.m.

LIVE from 5:00 p.m.