Speak to three climate experts from the World Bank about driving collective action

23 May 2012

LONDON: Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change; Lucia Grenna, Connect4Climate Program Manager; and Angus Friday, Senior International Climate Policy Specialist, will be joining The Climate Group and Connect4Climate from the World Bank at 4pm DST, May 29, 2012, to answer your questions around the topic 'Harnessing collective intelligence for a Clean Revolution', live on Twitter.

Read more about the three guests below, ready to start planning your questions.

Using the medium of Twitter to host this Q&A couldn't be more apt. Social media has flattened the information landscape, allowing more communities to have access to information and increasingly more voices to be heard, especially youth from the global South.

This Q&A session will examine how best to engage the widest audience from all corners of the world and raise the bar on climate change discourse and action. Connect4Climate’s more than a quarter million followers show that young people everywhere are hungry for information and eager to get involved in the Clean Revolution - but it's how we use this engagement that's key.

How can this online energy and engagement be put to best use? How can we leverage the tools available to harness more collective intelligence? What is the role of citizen journalism? How can local climate experiences best contribute to global change?

To have your say in the Q&A and ask our experts their views, all you need to do is log-in to Twitter and head to @ClimateGroup at 4pm DST on May 29. At 4pm the guests will introduce the topic and then you will be invited to direct your questions to them – so start planning your questions now! Just be sure to include the hashtag #CleanRevolution, to make sure they don't miss your question.  

After the session ends, you will find a summary highlighting the key points from the debate on TheClimateGroup.org.

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More on our guests:

Dr Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, the World Bank is responsible for guiding the Bank Group's work on climate change (now in over 130 countries), and for advancing a strong pro-development climate agenda internationally. In his post, which ranks at the level of Vice President, he will also oversee the US$6.5 billion Climate Investment Funds and help mobilize climate financing.  

Before this role, Dr. Steer served for three years as Director General, Policy and Research at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London, and held various positions at the World Bank including Country Director for Indonesia and Vietnam, and Director of the Environmental Department. He was also Staff Director of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, the Bank’s Flagship report to the Rio Earth Summit.   

Dr. Steer has three decades of experience working on development issues at the country level in Africa and Asia, and on global development issues. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, has written widely on development issues and has taught Economics at several universities.

In August 2012, Dr. Steer will assume the post of President of the World Resources Institute.

Dr. Angus Friday, Senior International Climate Policy Specialist, the World Bank, is a former Ambassador of Grenada to the United Nations and a former chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). In his current role, he works closely with UNDP in helping to facilitate AOSIS in their development of SIDS DOCK, a US$14.5 million program supported by the Government of Denmark and announced in Cancun. This program received a further pledge of $15 million from Japan during the Durban Climate Conference last December.  SIDS DOCK is helping island states to transition their energy portfolios towards renewables.

Friday also serves on the World Bank’s Blue Team which, together with a number of partners from the United Nations, island states, coastal states and NGOs, is helping to design a Global Partnership for Oceans. This is an initiative announced by the World Bank’s president, Robert Zoellick at the World Oceans Summit hosted by the Economist in Singapore on February 24, 2012. It aims to build on the work of developing countries, the United Nations family and other organizations to address the implementation gap in safeguarding the livelihoods of island and coastal communities in developing countries that depend upon the health of the living oceans.  

Friday is a qualified medical doctor with an MBA whose career has focused on the development of firms, technologies and island states.  His passion to address climate change was triggered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 which caused damages worth 200% of GDP to Grenada; an island previously considered to be located below the hurricane belt.

Lucia Grenna, Connect4Climate Program Manager, heads the Communication for the Climate Change unit within the World Bank Operational Communications division of External Affairs and is the creator of Connect4Climate. She was the task manager for the First World Congress on Communication for Development in 2006 that established a vibrant network of decision makers, academics, community organizers and communication professionals. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked as a journalist in the print and electronic media.


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