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Featured people in INNER CLIMATE CHANGE Documentary

The extraordinary variety of dedicated people in the INNER CLIMATE CHANGE documentary makes it a special treat to introduce their backgrounds here a bit more in detail. Individually and collectively, they made a huge contribution to the film, for which we are truly grateful.

We list people as main speakers and additional speakers, both in alphabetical order, according to how often they appear in the documentary.

Main speakers

Robin Alfred is a trainer, executive coach, facilitator and organisational consultant. He has extensive experience of leading and developing groups and individuals in a variety of settings including prisons, social work, police forces, communities, NGOs, multinationals and other corporations. Robin is a Registered Facilitator for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq is an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder from far North Greenland. He is a shaman, healer, storyteller and bearer of the Qilaut (wind drum). Angaangaq has been a keynote speaker at international conferences on climate change, environmental and indigenous issues. His beliefs and practices are deeply rooted in the wisdom and traditions of his people.

Ceferino Cenizo is passionate about healing human-nature and human-human relationships through growing food biodynamically. He regenerates land, plants & animals to awaken our shared consciousness.

Anton Chernikov is an entrepreneur and founder of Exponentials, a strategic consultancy for large-scale property development specialising in facilitating co-creation processes for coliving, coworking and mixed-use developments to enable a more conscious and sustainable way of living and working across the world.

Spring Cheng is a leadership coach, acupuncturist and co-founder of the Resonance Path Institute. Her work focuses on bringing the wisdom of Taoism and Chinese medicine into leadership development and coaching. She and her team have developed Resonance Code, a map and navigation system of human psyche. Her work empowers leaders to influence the outer system through an inner evolution towards greater wholeness.

Mai Berry Dahl practices science-based sacred activism with a focus on supporting communities to create regenerative cultural shifts as we face the climate and ecological emergency together.

Charles Eisenstein is an extremely popular philosopher, author and internationally renowned speaker and program facilitator. His books include The Ascent of Humanity, Sacred Economics and most recently, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. His book ‘Climate – A New Story’ addresses the impacts of climate change.

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican diplomat with 35 years of experience in high level national and international policy and multilateral negotiations. She was appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in July 2010,[1] six months after the failed COP15 in Copenhagen.[2] During the next six years she worked to[3] rebuild the global climate change negotiating process based on fairness, transparency and collaboration, leading to the 2015 Paris Agreement, widely recognized as a historical achievement.

Polly Higgins (posthumously) was founder of Ecocide Law, the Earth Community Trust and co-founder of the Earth Law Alliance. She held the Arne Naess Chair at Oslo University and won the 2016 Polarbröd‘s Utstickarpriset prize for Future Leadership. Ecologist Magazine have named her one of the top ten visionary thinkers in the world.

Franziska von Hünerbein is a mother, gardener, baker, artist, teacher and community activist. The love for her community, the joy of gardening and a deep appreciation for the gifts of Mother Earth led her to start Crop Swap Aotearoa (NZ) in 2012. Since then, she has been growing Crop Swap into a nation-wide movement to create a kinder, fairer future simply through sharing.
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Deborah Jay-Lewin is an energy worker disguised as a dance teacher. Her knowledge and respect for the wisdom of the body is incisive and contagious. She is a senior practitioner in her field, traveling the world working with individuals and groups; midwifing them into their authentic creative selves through dance and movement for the benefit of all beings and the Earth.

Kosha Joubert is Executive Director of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). She is a facilitator, trainer, and consultant in community empowerment, intercultural collaboration and the emergence of collective wisdom. In 2017, Kosha received the Dadi Janki Award: 100 Women of Spirit for engaging spirituality in life and work and for making a difference in the world.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 19 year old indigenous climate activist who has spoken at the Rio + 20 Summit and the UN. With beauty, flare and music he reachs out to youth to invite them to be advocates for the Earth. He received the Peace First Prize in 2015 and the Children’s Climate Prize in Sweden in 2016.

Bill McKibben is a pioneer of the climate change movement, best-selling author, journalist, environmental activist and founder of 350.org, a global grassroots climate change movement. Bill has won the Gandhi and Thomas Merton Prizes. He is a Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College. The Boston Globe calls him “America’s most important environmentalist.”

Stephanie Mines , PhD. is the Vision holder and convenor of the CCC19. She is a neuroscientist, psychologist, author, educator (with the California Institute of Integral Studies, Uni. of Edinburgh and Portland State Uni.) and founder of the TARA Approach. Stephanie synthesises Western neuropsychology and traditional medicines. Her guidance stems from her evolving professional and personal understanding of the human nervous system.

Jonathon Porritt CBE is founder and Director of Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. He was co-chair of the British Green Party (1980-83); Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); and Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005). Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

Eamon Ryan was elected to represent Dublin Bay South in the 2016 General Election. In recent years, Eamon has worked for a European climate organisation and chaired the digital policy group in the Institute of International and European Affairs. He is currently leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas.

Anita Sanchez PhD, an Aztec and Mexican-American, named Graceful Warrior, inspires people to discover and trust their gifts so that they become a life-giving connection to all our relations- people, earth and spirit.

Vandana Shiva PhD is a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, science policy advocate and author of 20 books. She has taken on what is likely one of the greatest challenges of climate change – feeding a growing population without further harming the Earth. Vandana was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.

Danielle Mayuri Swati is dedicated to forest ecosystems, both globally and locally. She is former CEO of TreeSisters, a global grassroots movement for tropical reforestation and feminine nature-based leadership. With the TreeSisters team, Danielle successfully launched online crowdfunding campaigns which planted over 2 million trees in Kenya, India, Madagascar, Brazil, Cameroon and Nepal. (TreeSisters has now planted over 7 million trees and continues to grow.)

Additional speakers

Clare Dubois founded TreeSisters, a women’s reforestation and culture-change organization dedicated to our emergence as a ‘restorer species,’ planting over 2 million tropical trees a year. For 23 years she has been facilitating body-based, experiential

Haru Kuntanawa is a leader of the indigenous Kuntanawa Nation in the Amazon. He has dedicated his life to fighting for his peoples’ traditional territory and quality of health as well as protecting local bio-diversity.

Hayru (Margaret) Halle/Kuntanawa is co-leader (with Haru) of the Kuntanawa Nation. She is an internationally recognised medicine woman, doctor of Chinese Medicine and teacher of various modalities of healing.

Edmond Kposowa is Director of Future In Our Hands, Sierra Leone. He is passionate about climate change and its consequences for food security, peace building and conflict sensitivity.

Visolela Namises has served as an MP in the Namibian National Assembly where she argued for the protection of minorities, but has also endured many years as a political prisoner in Namibia, often in solitary.

Calixto Suarez Villafane is an emissary of his people, the Mamos Majores (Chief Elders). The Mamos are highly trained spiritual and secular leaders of the Indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

And a special thank you to:

  • Adela Barcia
  • Maisie Brett
  • Finn Cahn
  • Carolin Comerti
  • Maggie Filor
  • Cintia de Godoy
  • Aleesa Ivanov
  • Jonah Lee
  • Adam McKenty
  • Dylan Plummer
  • Whakairitaua Grace Stanyon
  • Lucy Thomas
  • Joey Walters
  • Robin Youngson