Sharing local solutions, inspiring global action in the year of COP26

This panel will bring together the festival to a close and will discuss their views on how we can share local solutions to inspire global action in the year of COP26.

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About this event

This international and inspiring panel will bring together the festival to a close. By sharing their own experiences of local solutions we can be inspired to take global action, helping to make COP26 a success. 


Dr Cristina Peñasco, Lecturer in Public Policy and current Director at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge.

Confirmed speakers are:

Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine-INMED, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota

Rhiannon Osborne, Climate Change Commissioner for the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority and 5th year medical student at the University of Cambridge.

Harry Simuntala, Youth and Governance Activist, Programs Director Muchinga Corridors, Zambia

Nicole Redvers

Speakers' Bios

Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation and has worked with various Indigenous patients and communities around the globe helping to bridge the gap between Indigenous traditional and modern medical systems. She is co-founder and chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation based in the Canadian North with her foundation awarded the $1 million-dollar 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with vulnerable populations within land-based healing settings in the Northwest Territories. Dr. Redvers is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine-Indians into Medicine (INMED) program at the University of North Dakota where she has helped co-develop the first Indigenous Health PhD degree program in North America. She has been actively involved at the international level promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in planetary health and education for sustainable health care. Dr. Redvers sits on the inaugural advisory board for the American Public Health Association's Center for Climate, Health and Equity Steering Committee, is senior fellow of Indigenous and Community Health with inVIVO Planetary Health, sits on the steering committee for the Planetary Health Alliance, and sits on the external advisory board for EcoHealth International. Her scholarly work engages a breadth of scholarly projects attempting to bridge gaps between Indigenous and Western ways of knowing as it pertains to individual, community and planetary health. Dr. Redvers recently published the trade paperback, The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles.

Rhiannon Osborne

Rhiannon Osborne is a Climate Change Commissioner for the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority working as an independent advisor to the local government on how to achieve climate stability through mitigation and adaptation whilst also maximising the opportunities and co-benefits of climate action to achieve healthier and more inclusive communities. Her work focuses on local climate justice and participatory democracy. 

She is also a 5th year medical student at the University of Cambridge and a health justice advocate working on global health, access to medicines and health inequalities. She works with Students for Global Health, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the People’s Health Movement. 

Harry Simuntala

Harry Simuntala is a Zambian youth, a passionate rural African youth leader, youth and governance Activist. He has over five years’ experience in civil society, currently he is working with a youth led organisation that has a bias in governance, environment and health care promotion as a Program Director (Equivalent, Executive Director). He is a graduate in civic leadership under young African leadership initiative at University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently pursuing LLB with the Zambian Open University.

Previously, he was a board member for ActionAid Zambia, where he chaired the Fundraising and Programmes Committee. A former National Activista chairperson, former programs office for Muchinga Corridors, former Activista Chapter Chairperson and former Hub Manager for Nakon Youth Hub. Central to his works is in Project Management, strategic leadership, Project development, Training and facilitation, manual and content development, Public speaking, Team leadership and management

He envisions a world where everyone will enjoy their rights and that the marginalized societies will have equal access to opportunities for them to maximise their potential. Inclusive governance systems with conducive environment that upholds fundamental human rights for effective citizen participation. He is also committed to the implementation of the SDGs and African 2063 Agenda.

He has interest in championing for youth and women inclusion in governance, climate change and advancing sexual reproductive and Health Rights services in Rural parts of Zambia. thus, he is a member of strategic structures such as District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC), District Health Adolescent Technical Working Group.

Cristina Penasco

Dr Cristina Peñasco is a Universityof Cambridge Lecturer in public policy and the current Director at POLIS and the current Director of the MPhil in Public Policy.

She is also a Fellow at Queens'College, a Centre Fellow at Centre for the Environment, Energy and Natural ResourceGovernance (C-EENRG) and an associate researcherof the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. She holdsa PhD in Economics and her research lines bringtogether environmental economics, innovation policyand energy economics with a focus on the policyinstruments enabling the transition to low-carbon economies.

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