COP28 Agenda

Climate Communications: Navigating Complexity and Finding Solutions

When 20:00-21:30 (CN)
12:00-13:30 (UK)
04:00-05:30 (SF)
Where Energy Foundation China Pavilion, China Pavilion EXPO 2020 (Green Zone), X583+2CW Sunrise Avenue - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Time: December 8, 2023, 16:00-17:30 (Dubai Time)


Achieving carbon neutrality requires a socio-economic transformation at unprecedented scale. This movement can be viewed as a complex interaction of players, the decisions they make, and the actions they take. Explaining the WHYs and demonstrating the HOWs through effective narrative building and stakeholder engagement is necessary for all to understand and act on the complexity of the transition.

In collaboration with The Paper and Tsinghua University, this session will explore where we are in terms of building energy transition narratives, the power of media storytelling to promote people connection and climate solutions, and innovative ways of engaging people in climate actions.



Opening Remarks

  • Zou Ji, CEO & President, Energy Foundation China


Scene Setting

  • Jing Hui, Senior Program Director, Strategic Communications, Energy Foundation China


Keynote Speeches (6 mins each):

  • Global Overview: Where We Are in Combating Climate Change and Transiting Towards a Zero-Emission Future (TBC), Jonathan Pershing, Program Director, Environment, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Overview of Low Carbon Energy Transition in China, Wang Yi, Member, National People’s Congress Standing Committee; Vice Chair, China Expert Panel on Climate Change; Professor, CAS Institutes of Science and Development and UCAS


Panel 1: Storytelling to Promote Climate Solutions and Accelerate the Energy Transition

Guest Speakers (6 mins each):

  • Linking People with Climate Change—Exploration of China’s First Climate Monthly Magazine “Tipping Point,” Liu Dong, The Paper
  • Critical Solutions Reporting in Climate Journalism, Santiago Sáez Moreno, Director of Training, Covering Climate Now
  • The Role That Mainstream Media Plays in Climate Communications, Leo Hickman, Director and Editor, Carbon Brief

Open discussion (15 mins)


Panel 2: Engaging for Action

Guest Speakers (6 mins each):

  • Climate Narrative for Generation Z, Zeng Fanxu, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University
  • Public and Health Professional Engagement with Climate Change, John Kotcher, Research Associate Professor, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
  • Individual Actions in Together— Chinese Public Climate Action Project, Liu Jinmei, Director-General, Friends of Nature

Open discussion (15 mins)



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