Vital Signs of the Planet concert: meet the young environmental leaders who will make their voices heard at epic Glasgow climate concert

Vital Signs of the Planet concert: meet the young environmental leaders who will make their voices heard at epic Glasgow climate concert

Published: October 29, 2021

Young environmental leaders and activists will sound an urgent call for the planet in an epic Glasgow climate change concert during COP26.

Vital Signs of the Planet, at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday 2 November, will bring together some of Scotland’s most talented young musicians, a multi-million-selling singer-songwriter and an internationally acclaimed conductor who will perform to a dramatic backdrop of footage from NASA and National Geographic. A free online premiere of the concert will be streamed on Earth Day, 22 April 2022.

Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and delivered in partnership with Global Climate Uprising Festival, Vital Signs of the Planet features a 100-strong symphony orchestra of young musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and its Junior Conservatoire with internationally recognised conductor Emil de Cou and singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield.

Against a backdrop of volcanoes fuming, hurricanes flooding and wildfires sweeping across the landscape, young musicians and leaders, champions of the environmental movement, will tell their stories of climate change in a powerful 90-minute sound and cinematic spectacular designed to inspire and motivate audiences in Glasgow and internationally.

Highlights will include footage of climate change from NASA and National Geographic and messages from the International Space Station and the Earthshot Prize.

It’s a special moment for global youth and the arts to speak for the planet at this vital time for the world. Meet the young environmental leaders who will share the stage with the musicians to share their experiences of climate change in the most impacted areas of the world.

Join us for Vital Signs of the Planet. Streaming for free on 22 April 2022.

Iniquilipi Chiari

Panama

Geo 2030 Co-Chair for Youth Participation

Co-Founder and first President, Guna Youth Congress

Director of Indigenous Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Panama

Iniqui is the founder and first president of the Guna Youth Congress and is currently a senior staff member with Panama’s Ministry of the Environment specialising in Indigenous Affairs, Environmental Impact Assessment Studies.

He supports the Guna General Congress and has represented the Guna people and the Guna Youth Congress in numerous international fora.

His educational background includes Tourism Management at Cesar Ritz Colleges, Switzerland. He is a youth co-founder of Geoversity, and recently represented Geoversity and Panama’s Ministry of the Environment at COP 25 in Madrid, Spain.

Agar Iklenia Castro Tejada

Panama

Producer of the Mola Sail and Design Associate, Geoversity Design

Architecture Student

Born in Gunayala in a town called Usdub to Iniginous parents. At 17, she joined an organisation called the National Coordinator of Indigenous Women of Panama (CONAMUIP). She is a volunteer of  La Asociación Estudiantil Kunas Universitarios (AEKU), Geoversity Design, and El Festival de Arte Dule. She is also part of other organisations at an international level such as The Continental Liaison of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA) and Indigenous Minga (the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples at the service of humanity).

Agar worked in the Guna General Congress in the Secretariat of Territorial Defense, being the first female assistant within the secretariat, in turn being the first woman to travel the entire mountain range of the Gunayala Comarca. She is currently studying at the National University of Panama, completing a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

Cedric Dzelu

Ghana


Change Agent of the World YMCA

Cedric Dzelu is a graduated Change Agent of the World YMCA with over 11 years of experience in youth empowerment, project implementation and management, public speaking, community service, advocacy and volunteerism. He is currently the youth focal point officer for the African Youth Commission working to implement a €2.4 million five-year grant on climate change advocacy projects from the Netherlands government.

He also serves as the Executive Director of a not-for-profit organisation that is leveraging the power of sports to empower young people. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

Natalie Sinclair

Scotland          

National Geographic Explorer

Natalie is a PhD Candidate at the University of St. Andrews. Her work with humpback whales investigates some of the strongest evidence for non-human culture is found in the complex songs of humpback whales. Our understanding of humpback whale song is helping us to better protect humpback populations across the world, while also increasing understanding of cultural behaviours in our own species.

Natalie’s research will address two key questions focusing on the transmission of song in the central and eastern South Pacific. “Firstly, we don’t yet know how the Cook Islands function in the transmission of song to neighbouring populations and secondly, we don’t yet know how song is transmitted as we move further eastward, past French Polynesia. My PhD research will address these questions by analysing and comparing long term datasets of songs recorded in the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Ecuador.”

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti 

Kenya

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti is a Kenyan environment and climate activist and founder of the Green Generation Initiative, which nurtures young people to love nature and be environmentally conscious at a young age and has now planted 30,000 tree seedlings in Kenya. In 2019, she was awarded the Africa Green Person of the Year Award by the Eleven Twelve Foundation and named as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the Africa Youth Awards. 

In 2016, she founded Green Generation Initiative, with a focus of nurturing more young environmental enthusiasts, practical environmental and climate education building climate resilience and greening schools. Her video The Forest is a Part of Me was featured by the global Landscapes Forum (GLF) as part of a series on Youth Voices in Landscapes.

She is a recipient of a Wangari Scholarship award for her outstanding passion and commitment to environmental conservation. Wathuti is also a full member of the Green Belt Movement.


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