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Has increased awareness of climate change made it easier to influence governments and advance the alternative strategies of Practical Action?
As official observers at COP26 we amplified the voices of people we work with, and shared what we have learned from those who are already adapting to extreme climate events. We now continue to engage with the UK presidency and incoming Egyptian presidency, plus other key stakeholders to prepare for COP27.
There was positive movement from COP26, but not nearly enough and there is still much more to do. However, the world has now arrived at a positive tipping point, in terms of public support and increased momentum for the type of systematic change that is essential. We will continue to connect with grassroots communities, governments, private sector, civil society and international organisations to help build cohesive solutions that benefit people and the planet. Together, we will convene, host and engage with high level events that address the needs of communities on the front line of the climate emergency and we will demonstrate that by putting people at the heart of decision-making, that a better future is possible.
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Chief Executive Officer
Sarah joined Practical Action as Director of Impact and Influence in 2020 after 11 years as CEO of the Ethical Tea Partnership. During that time she oversaw its transformation from an audit focused organisation to one that convened the private sector with a variety of partners to drive systemic change in the sector, reaching one million people in tea communities.
In September 2021, Sarah was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer. She now leads more than 600 staff working with thousands of the world’s most vulnerable communities in South Asia, Africa and Latin America and is passionate about creating a world that works better for everyone.
Sarah will be giving a unique look into her first six months in the role, as well as giving an insight into plans for 2022 and beyond.
Project Manager, Transforming Rural Economies and Youth Livelihoods
Oliver leads our ground-breaking Transforming Rural Economies and Youth Livelihoods project in Kenya. The project is showing that agriculture is a viable career option for young people living in Homa Bay and Kisumu.
Oliver is passionate about how regenerative agriculture can help farming communities fight the impacts of climate change. He will give an in-depth view of how this project is reducing urban drift and through planet-friendly farming, breaking the cycle of low productivity and poverty.
Project Manager, Flood Resilience Programme
Bikram leads Practical Action’s Flood Resilience Programme in Nepal. Along with his team, he’s been improving Early Warning Systems for Nepal’s most vulnerable people, making communities more prepared and resilient to climate shocks.
Bikram is an expert in climate and resilience and will give a unique insight into our long-term approach to enabling people to prepare and adapt so they can bounce back quicker and better. He’ll also detail plans to extend this work to new countries.
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