About GLF Nairobi 2023: ‘A new Vision for Earth’
The GLF Nairobi 2023 Hybrid Conference, held on October 11 and 12, convened global thought leaders to set the stage for COP28, the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference. This pivotal event mobilized action on critical issues affecting humanity, biodiversity, and our planet.
The conference featured two focused days: Day 1 centered on “Africa’s Sovereign Solutions,” exploring pathways to a sustainable and prosperous future for the continent. Day 2, dedicated to climate, aimed to craft a “Survival Guide for a Planet in Crisis,” paving the way for a fairer world ahead of COP28.
GLF Nairobi brought together a diverse coalition of influential voices, ranging from scientists, activists, and Indigenous leaders to financiers, women, youth, policymakers, and private sector representatives. As a united front, we collectively championed change and passionately advocated for meaningful action in these pivotal times.
During the closing plenary “A Survival Guide for Humanity,” we delved into the pressing implications of the latest IPCC report. This session shed light on the imminent dangers posed by global warming and the irreversible losses it brings.
It also tackled the obstacles hindering the shift away from fossil fuels and the preservation of ecosystems. It sent a resounding call to governments and businesses to take sincere and impactful climate action. The plenary’s central objective was to cultivate optimism for a fair transition toward a decarbonized world while underscoring the paramount significance of swift action in co-authoring a survival guide for humanity.
Artist Anna Denardin captured the essence of the plenary, articulating it in her own unique perspective:
This illustration conceptualizes the change in mentality and lifestyle needed to achieve a future fit for all lives in the planet: unlearning the logic of separability from seeing humanity as separate from nature. It invites us to feel our entanglement with everything, to integrate ourselves into a wider metabolism with a much longer timescale and much greater intelligence than our human bodies and brains can fathom. This change in mindset also considers our responsibility to future generations and the rest of nature.
Discover the highlights from GLF Nairobi and explore our recap articles: