April 9, 2021

Global Just Recovery Gathering Launches

April 9th-11th, 350.org and hundreds of organizations have kick-started a three-day online Global Just Recovery Gathering. The program events are free, online, multilingual and will be running six-hour cycles over three different time zones to make it a truly global event. 

The opening session, live streaming here took place on April 9th, 2021  7.15 UTC featuring Hakima Abbas, Naomi Klein, Amitav Ghosh, Dominic Palmer.  The session launched a global petition calling on world leaders meeting at Biden’s climate summit on the 22nd of April to do what the science demands, stop funding the problem, get serious about the transition, and ensure no one is left behind. 

Choices are being made right now that will shape our society for decades to come; the gathering will bring together speakers who will explore what we need for a just recovery from the climate and COVID-19 crises. Including Vandana Shiva (India), Hakima Abbas (Kenya), Ailton Krenak (Brazil), Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria), Greta Thunberg (Sweden), Eriel Deranger (Canada), Noelene Nabulivou (Fiji), Naomi Klein (Canada), Sharon Burrows (ITUC), Bill McKibben (United States) and many more.  

For a full list of the panel sessions and links to the live stream, please see the end of the media advisory. 

Cultural sessions that accompany each six-hour cycle of the gathering will include artists and musicians such as Gilberto Gil, Patti Smith, Angelique Kidjo, Ana Tijoux, Jazzmeia Horn, Rocky Dawuni and many more.

In addition to the panels and cultural sessions, there are over 180 workshops and training events to support individuals and campaign groups in designing a new path towards a better future for all. The full list of workshops on offer is listed on the website

There will be interpretation in Bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Português, Türkçe, and 日本語.

Namrata Chowdhary: Head of Public Engagement at 350.org

“The solutions to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 must also be the solutions to the climate crisis. A Just Recovery means re-building our economy in a way that works for the many, not just the already-wealthy few. It means guaranteeing universal access to healthcare, education, and a clean environment as basic human rights. It means creating millions of well-paying jobs in industries that don’t hurt the environment and don’t pollute our communities. It also means demanding equitable solutions to the climate crisis, so that no member of our society will be forgotten or unjustly bear the costs of climate change.”

Fenton  Lutunatabua : Head of Regions at 350.org 

People around the world are coming together to collectively reimagine our future. The Global Just Recovery Gathering is an invitation for us all to build a movement that is massive and that shakes the foundations of power and money and greed that seem to hold all the cards right now. We must move with grace and patience with each other to build lasting relationships that truly build collective power. We must be continually willing to do things differently and learn from each other.  We want to stop the worst effects of climate change, we want to see every fossil fuel project on Earth stopped, and the just transition take hold. We want the social license of the fossil fuel industry gone forever– and we need this to happen soon.” 

Notes for Editors 

Registration is open here

Full list of workshops, cultural sessions and panels here

Full list of Partners here.

Panel Sessions

Panel #1: Just Recovery for All 

April 9th, 2021  7.15 UTC

Hakima Abbas, Naomi Klein, Amitav Ghosh, Dominic Palmer. 

The pandemic has exposed the deep inequities of our existing economic system and opened a pathway to leave these injustices behind. We need to come together and push for a world that puts people before profit. Now is the time to turn the corner away from harmful practices that destroy our climate and the living world around us.”

Panel #2: How to Postpone the End of the World? 

April 9th, 2021 UTC 15:15 UTC

Vandana Shiva, Ailton Krenak, Tasneem Essop, Adriana Calderón.

We are going through a major crisis. Its deepest roots are related to our continuous war against nature. This disconnection with nature has caused damage to the planet and ourselves. We need radical changes in our way of being in the world.

Panel #3: Grounding Ourselves: Science Updates & Our Mental Health 

April 9th, 2021  23:15 UTC

Luisa Neubauer, Ko Barrett, Renee Lertzman, George Marshall.

How do we cope with the most up-to-date data from climate scientists without getting trapped by anxiety-related responses and mental health disorders? Sharing ways to process this information and remain steady to keep on fighting.

Panel #4: Hearing the Guardians of the Earth  

April 10th, 2021  7:15 UTC

Eriel Deranger, Noelene Nabulivou, Francisco Javier Vera Manzanares

“Nature is sacred and so we need to treat it accordingly. We need to learn from the ancestral wisdom of those who have stayed attached to the multiple forms of life and existence on Earth.”

Panel #5: The Urgency of Intersectional Organizing: BIPOC Voices on Climate 

April 10th, 2021 15:15

Chibeze Ezekiel, Pennie Opal Plant, Patricia Wattimena, Ayakha Melithafa

How our struggles link altogether? To face the crisis in the urgency and proportion that it needs to be faced, we need everyone, at the same time and now. Combining efforts is a fundamental task among movements in search of freedom and dignity.

Panel #6: End Fossil Finance 

April 10th, 2021 23:15 UTC

Bill McKibben, Mitzi Jonelle Tan, Sharan Burrow, Demond Drummer.

To prevent a devastating climate breakdown, we have to end all finance to fossil fuels. The only way to stop this is through sustained public organising and people power.”

Panel #7: Climate solutions can only succeed with justice at the heart 

April 11th, 2021 07:15 UTC

Nnimmo Bassey, Lidy Nacpil, Teresa Anderson, Sohanur Rahman.

We cannot be distracted by false solutions allowing the climate crisis to continue to escalate, disproportionately affecting those who have contributed the least to the real problem.

Panel #8: Building power through youth organizing

April 11th, 2021 15:15 UTC

Greta Thunberg, Brianna Fruean, Vanessa Nakate.

They ask us to have hope, in a clear attempt to imprison us, but the world is on fire and this requires immediate action. We won’t stop.