youth finding peace amid turmoil

Youth Finding Peace
in a Time of Turmoil

Thursday, July 18, 2024  10 AM – 11:30 AM ET on Zoom

About this event:

This discussion — Part 2, continuing from June — features youth continuing to explore the profound impact of war on the environment and how they seek out and find peace amid these conflicts.

Speakers will include:

Annabelle Ho, Founder of ClimateXArt / Contact Point of Art, Culture and Heritage Working Group of YOUNGO

Annabelle is a violinist and the founder of ClimateXArt, an initiative that harnesses the power of music and arts to raise public awareness about pressing climate change issues. She has been actively collaborating with local social enterprises and NGOs to deliver interactive climate change concerts and has received enormous positive feedback for the innovative approach.

Annabelle has been invited to share her approach and demonstration at COP28 United Nations Resilience Frontiers and Entertainment & Culture Pavilion and Hong Kong Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) in 2022 and 2023.

Annabelle is currently also serving as the Contact Point of Art, Culture and Heritage Working Group of YOUNGO, empowering and mobilizing art and culture-related climate actions among global youths. With a strong focus on climate change education, youth empowerment, and innovative climate actions, she strives to foster a global movement of informed and engaged individuals committed to creating a sustainable future.


Lucy Plummer, Youth Engagement, SGI

Lucy is a youth engagement practitioner and consultant with a special focus on engaging young people in actions supporting the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

After living in India for a few years, where she worked as a grassroots storyteller on the subject of environmentalism, Lucy returned to the UK and completed a Master’s in Sustainable Development.

Currently, Lucy works with the Centre for Applied Buddhism, helping to organize events in the UK with a special focus on climate and environmental action and interfaith collaboration, and with the Soka Gakkai International Office for UN Affairs as a consultant on Youth Engagement.

Lucy is engaged in a number of UN processes, in particular, the work of the UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC).

Bangii-Kai Bellecourt, member of Wampanoag & Ojibwe Tribes

Bangii-Kai Bellecourt is a member of the Wampanoag and Ojibwe Tribes. He is a rising Junior at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School on the Island of Noepe.

He holds many things close to his heart, two of which are his native practice and environmental sciences. At an early age, he was exposed to the wonders of the natural world through meaningful walks foraging for mushrooms in the forest in Oregon and spectating the vast green flora in Hawaii.

After high school, he hopes to contrinue his education in forestry with a focus on indigenous perspectives.

Faith Nangila, Communications Lead at Green Generation Initiative

Faith Nangila is an environmental planner, manager, dedicated climate change advocate, and passionate environmentalist. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management, Faith is the Communication Lead at Green Generation Initiative.

Additionally, she contributes as a Citizen Scientist Trainer Volunteer for the World Water Quality Alliance, focusing on assessing pollution levels along the Nairobi River. With a fervent commitment to community empowerment, Faith champions the belief that communities and young individuals can be catalysts for change rather than victims of circumstance.

Through her work at Green Generation Initiative, she has spearheaded impactful initiatives, including tree planting campaigns, environmental education programs, and community mobilization efforts, all aimed at fostering resilience in the face of climate change.


About your host, Flore Ghetti:

Based in Geneva, Flore works as Programme Coordinator at SGI OUNA. She has a Master’s degree in International Peace Studies at Soka University Japan.

Prior to that, she studied translation and Intercultural Communication and worked in a grassroots organisation for environmental education as a communication officer and project manager.

Flore likes to explore how the Arts, especially poetry, can serve social justice, and the relationship between Leadership Development and a Culture of Peace.

Youth Finding Peace
in a Time of Turmoil

Thursday, July 18, 2024,  10 AM – 11:30 AM ET on Zoom

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