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Youth Climate Report gives global youth the skills and tools to report on and so contribute to the dialogue around the science of, and policy responses to, climate change.

Our training empowers global youth to participate in the climate change dialogue at the very highest policy level (the UNFCCC) and so become knowledge ambassadors in their communities, while at the same time learning essential digital (journalistic) story-telling skills.

Youth Climate Report contributes to increasing global understanding of climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. 

Through crowdsourced film reports by youth, we contribute to bridging the gap between science and policy on climate change. (In its 2011 UNEP Foresight Process which detailed 21 emerging environmental issues for the 21st Century, UNEP identified the science/policy divide as the 3rd most important of the cross-cutting issues and 4th most important issue overall).

Youth Climate Report is a not for profit project of Neko Harbour Entertainment, a documentary film production company located in Toronto, Canada. To date, the company has produced two documentaries — The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer — that have brought the science of climate change to audiences worldwide.

Neko Harbour Entertainment was also privileged to have been invited to present its documentaries to delegates of each UNFCCC Conference of Parties since COP15.

Through its participation at COP16, The Polar Explorer, influenced negotiators to include in the final conference communiqué for the first time recognition that melting land ice will contribute significantly to global sea level rise over the next 100 years and that coastal communities must begin to prepare for this event.

Project Team

John Kelly is the CEO and self-declared Emperor Penguin of Neko Harbour Entertainment Inc. John began his career as a lawyer in the banking group of a large Toronto firm. For the last several years, he has provided executive producer and financing consulting services to film and television producers, culminating most recently in a feature film he co-produced being invited to the 2008 Sundance Festival.

John studied the business of film production with legendary US indie distributor and producer Ira Deutchman at Columbia University’s Columbia Business School in New York City. Together with Mark Terry, he is the producer of the documentary The Polar Explorer.

John presents Youth Climate Report at UNFCCC events, attending COP18 in Durban to present YCR1 and COP19 in Doha to present YCR3.

Mark has been producing film and television for the past 20 years. Mark’s adventurous spirit has brought him to exotic locations on all seven continents, but none more impressive to him than the Arctic. After a vacation in Alaska in the mid-1990s, Mark fell in love with the majestic beauty of the landscape. Subsequent trips to Alaska and the Arctic inspired Mark to get involved with northern research programs.

Working closely with the world’s scientific community in Antarctica and the Arctic earned him the recognition of the United Nations Environment Programme. His last two films – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer – were made in partnership with UNEP and both premiered at the Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. Together, both films have won 19 international film awards for excellence.

Today, Mark is one of only 166 Canadian members of The Explorers Club, a 107-year-old organization comprised of the world’s greatest explorers based in New York City. In October 2010, he was awarded the Canadian Chapter’s highest honor – the Stefansson Medal – for his “outstanding contribution to international field science research”. He is also the 2012 winner of the Gemini Humanitarian Award, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in recognition of his documentary work with the United Nations. In November 2012, he was honoured to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions in the field of climate science and his work on environmental policy with the United Nations. The Medal was presented at a ceremony in March 2013.

As a member of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the University of Alberta’s Northern Research Network, Mark teaches and speaks regularly about the environmental issues affecting the fragile eco-systems of the polar regions and, by extension, the world.

Mark attended Rio+20, the Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro to present YCR2.

Mark is a graduate of York University and the University of Alberta’s Antarctic Program.

Based in Accra, Ghana, Emmanuel is the Communications and Outreach Director for Youth Climate Report.

He is also the Founder of Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF), a youth-led organisation that promotes community building, effective partnerships, social and economic and networking, youth opportunities and participation, together with education and advocacy on natural resources and environmental sustainability, and of Youth Community Development Foundation (YCD Foundation), a philanthropy organisation that supports innovative young people and community-driven development efforts and promotes sustainable community development through capacity building, network building, social investment and grant-making. He has been a workshop leader and mentor for UNEP’s TUNZA Children and Youth Conference.

Emmanuel has a BA in Publishing Studies from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He holds diplomas in Public Relations and Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Commercial Management (UK). He holds a certificate as a Project Management Professional.  Emmanuel sits on the IDEAS for Us board, serving as African Regional Director.

His experiences in engaging youth in climate change and environmental campaigns has enabled him to create a global network of stakeholders and youth working to make an impact in their communities,  nationwide, and worldwide. He is working to create a library of cameras for Youth Climate Report journalists to enable them to interview scientists and researchers on the impact of climate in their communities and countries. Emmanuel has worked tirelessly to initiate Youth Climate Report in over 25 countries worldwide and continues toward his goal of setting up teams of reporters in 50 countries by COP20

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Grace is the Regional Director, Asia.

Based in Khartoum, Sudan, Nayomi is the Regional Director, Africa.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Hannah is the Regional Director, Pacific.

Advisory Board

Currently a Venture Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures, Erik is also Executive Chairman at Terrapass, Inc., a leading provider of high quality carbon offsets, and a partner at Butterfield & Robinson, Inc., a leader in international active travel. Previously, Erik has served as CEO of Expedia, Inc. and as CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp’s travel division, IAC Travel, including online travel businesses Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International.

Erik also serves as a board director at Zillow, Inc, and Glassdoor, Inc, and is on the U.S. National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and a member of the Board of Cutting Ball Theatre in San Francisco.

Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in English and certificate in theater from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Mark is a frequent speaker around the world on climate change science and policy, focusing in particular on how carbon neutral targets can break the international logjam on climate mitigation, and how emissions reduction should be seen as an opportunity not a sacrifice. He is a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment. He is also an advisor on climate change to the President of the Maldives, His Excellency Mohammed Nasheed, and involved in the Maldives’ effort to be the first carbon neutral country on Earth by 2020.

David is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer. He is Counsel, International Business and Sustainability at Aird & Berlis, LLP. In that role, he assists the firm in the development of its international clean tech and renewable energy practices.

David is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies. In addition to being a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability, David advises companies – and governments – on practical measures to make this happen. As Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 – 2010, David Miller was instrumental in demonstrating the practical and real change cities are already making and can continue to make as they fight climate change and create green jobs. In this capacity, David Miller worked with the World Bank, OECD, the Club de Madrid and other national and international organizations to strengthen the capacity of City governments worldwide to act. He continues to do work with the World Bank, OECD and the Club de Madrid, and was recently named the Future of Cities Global Fellow by  Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly).

As Mayor of Toronto from 2003 – 2010, addressing climate change was a top priority for David Miller. In July 2007, the City of Toronto released a wide-ranging Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, that included over 100 actions to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. In October 2009, the Power to Live Green outlined step-by-step how Toronto will reach 80 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions based on 1990 levels.

Ojibwa Elder Duke Redbird is a poet, writer, and television personality. He was born on Saugeen First Nation Territory. He began his career as an actor and poet in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Since then, he has been Vice-President of the Native Council of Canada in the 1970s and the President of the Ontario Metis and Non-Status Indian Association in the 1980s. As a scholar, Duke has an M.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University, studied as a PhD candidate in sociology at York, and in 2002 he was a Fellow of MacLaughlin College and a Senior Associate of the York Centre for Applied Sustainability.

Duke’s artistic endeavors feature both his creative and performance skills. He has published Loveshine and Red Wine, a book of poetry, and has performed readings on radio, television, and at numerous live venues. A musical based on his poetry was presented in 1978 in a command performance in honor of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and in 1985 he opened the Valmiki World Poetry Festival in New Delhi, India.

He currently holds the appointment of the first Aboriginal Advisor/Mentor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Dorothy holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (York University) and a PhD (University of Toronto). She is an education and film consultant, she researches, writes and speaks on environmental health, equality, social, economic and environmental justice, peace and energy issues, and she has worked with the National Film Board of Canada, school boards, non-governmental organizations, health professional and policy groups on these issues. She was principle research consultant and associate producer of the documentary video, Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer and researcher/writer of the accompanying guidebook Taking Action for a Healthy Future. She has led numerous ‘training trainers’ workshops using these materials as educational tools. She recently researched and produced Toxic Trespass, a documentary on children’s health and the environment as a co-production with the National Film Board and has co-written the accompanying educational resource guide, Taking Action on Children’s Health and the Environment. Volunteer Education Coordinator of the Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN), she teaches Environmental Health, Transformative Higher Education and Policy Change: Education for Social and Ecosystem Healing at OISE/UT. She is affiliated with Prevent Cancer Now; the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition Environmental and Occupational working group; Stakeholders’ Group of Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, the Cancer Prevention Group of the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto; the Canadian Association of Physicians for the EnvironmentPhysicians for Global Survival, and others. She is co-editor (with George Dei and Budd Hall) of Indigenous Knowledges: Multiple Readings of Our World, University of Toronto Press (2000).

Laura Zizzo B.E.S., J.D., is the founding partner of Zizzo Allan Climate Law LLP. She is a lawyer and environmental advisor with over a decade of experience dealing with environmental and legal issues related to climate change. She has experience working on complex environmental transactions and litigation as well as drafting and negotiating a range of agreements. Laura provides strategic advice to clients related to sustainability, climate change, carbon offsets and related matters. She has been intimately involved in international climate negotiations and domestic initiatives.

She is co-founder of the Climate Change Lawyers Network, a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) committee on Environmental Law, the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations and is a volunteer presenter for The Climate Reality Project. Laura regularly writes and speaks on climate change law and policy issues. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a law degree from the University of Toronto. Laura is called to the Bar of Ontario.