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Meet the COP-timists

Whitley Award-winning wildlife conservationists working on the frontline of the climate crisis

Each day of this year’s COP26 conference was themed, to ignite conversations about key opportunities for change. We asked Whitley Award winners to add their voices, by sharing messages from the Global South with decision-makers in Glasgow. Catch up with the COP-timists below, who are turning political ambitions into a green reality by implementing holistic, nature-positive, community-led solutions to the environmental crises.

ENERGY DAY

Thursday 4 November 2021 | Message from Whitley Award winner Eugene Simonov, Russia

YOUTH AND PUBLIC EMPOWERMENT DAY

Friday 5 November 2021 | Message from Whitley Gold Award winner Paula Kahumbu, Kenya

NATURE DAY

Saturday 6 November 2021 | Message from Whitley Gold Award winner Pablo Borboroglu, Argentina

ADAPTATION, LOSS AND DAMAGE DAY

Monday 8 November 2021 | Message from Whitley Gold Award winner Jean Wiener, Haiti

GENDER DAY

Tuesday 9 November 2021 | Message from Whitley Award winner Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy, Madagascar

TRANSPORT DAY

Wednesday 10 November 2021 | Message from Whitley Award winner Laury Cullen, Brazil

BUILT ENVIRONMENTS DAY

Thursday 11 November 2021 | Message from Whitley Award winner Purnima Barman, India