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What stories of frontline climate leadership need to be heard and amplified?



Nominate a youth or womxn frontline leader.  

The Human Impacts Institute, together with the Tenure Facility and the Ford Foundation, want your help in amplifying the stories of frontline indigenous and local communities, with a particular focus on womxn and youth, from the global south who can inspire a ‘new normal’, championing resilience and equality in the face of the climate crisis.  

Our ”Climate Crossroads” series will showcase how traditional knowledge can help us redefine how we interpret our relationship with nature and each other, through freshly commissioned works of art. Ten leaders will be selected to highlight what we can learn about resilience, cooperation and interconnectedness as we move towards a post-pandemic world, and their stories will be turned into powerful and moving works of sound and animation.

PLEASE NOTE: We are excited to retain this nomination space as one for indigenous and local frontline community members only.  If you do not identify as part of one of these communities, please share this nomination with someone who does.  


Image above: Aleksander Popovic
Image right: Gleb Raygorodetsky


We are at a crossroads.  Our planet is on ‘pause’ and the inequities and injustices of our current existence are rising to the surface, as communities deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are seeing that our old ‘normal’ is not based on systems that benefit the vast majority of the planet.  


But this global pandemic is far from the only global threat. For several decades, indigenous and local communities have been raising their voices to warn about the climate crisis.  Sea level rise, extreme weather events, forest fires and coastal erosion are disproportionately affecting these people, already some of the poorest in the world. Simultaneously, we continue to miss globally-set targets for reducing harmful emissions.  Further inaction threatens the social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and economic security of everyone across the globe. Despite this, indigenous and local communities  are not standing idle. In fact, they have been leaders on adaptation and sustainable coexistence with nature for thousands of years – a world away from current stereotypes portraying them as passive victims of climate impacts.

These underrepresented stories of indigenous and frontline youth and womxn's innovation around issues including governance, conservation, education, and health will allow us to explore how every part of our current system needs to adapt to the climate crisis.  Stories will be shared through interactive digital platforms and in an exhibit to be launched in NYC. 


This is where we need your help. 

What stories of frontline climate leadership need to be heard and amplified? 


The Human Impacts Institute inspires environmental action for social good through the arts and culture. 


The Tenure Facility works alongside Indigenous Peoples and local communities, offering dedicated financial and technical support for innovative approaches to implementing tenure rights, whilst sharing the knowledge, innovations and tools that emerge.

Thanks to the Ford Foundation for supporting this program.