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As the world gathers at the annual Climate Conference of Parties in Egypt to discuss responses to the climate emergency, we ask, where are there ‘signs of hope’ in the climate talks and beyond–in action by cities, business, civil society and communities to bring about the rapid and just transitions so urgently required. How can action from above and below complement each other to drive transformative climate action?


  • Dr Helen Adams – Senior Lecturer in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, Kings College London, UK
  • Kayla Ente – CEO of Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative (BHESCo), UK
  • Prof Peter Newell – Professor of International Relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK
  • Prof Chukwumerije Okereke – Professor of Global Climate and Environmental Governance and Director of Center for Climate and Development at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Nigeria

Chair: Dr John Thompson – Deputy Director, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) and Senior Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK

Stay for the drinks reception after the event!

This event is hosted by the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) and the Rapid Transition Alliance.