We will be participating at this year’s IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2021 “President’s Session” on Climate!! The member of the Global Platform for the Right to the City (GPR2C) Support Team, Nelson Saule Jr., who is also part of our member organization Pólis Insitute from Brasil, will be presenting our latest Thematic Paper on the Right to the City and Climate Justice at this session chaired by IFLA’s President Christine Mackenzie.
While COVID-19 continues to create huge short-term challenges for the planet, climate change poses what is likely to be the biggest long term threat to lives, livelihoods and societies.
Later this year, world leaders will meet at COP26 in order to set out the actions that they will take to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Libraries, as the holders of collections which are increasingly at risk from these impacts, have a strong interest in success.
But they can also contribute to it, from the research needed to understand climate change, to the behavioural change throughout populations needed to respond.
In the second part of our President’s Session 2021, IFLA’s President Christine Mackenzie will talk with representatives of other stakeholders, in local government, civil society, and the climate activist community, with the support of IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner.
Come along and hear about the potential for partnerships in order to realise the potential of libraries in climate action, and to find out how you can get involved!