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Intergenerational action on climate crisis: Unleashing the power of older people

Date: Thursday 4 February 2021
Time: 15:00-16:30 (GMT+7)
Venue: Virtual Zoom meeting


This is the second of our webinar series co-organised by Asian Development Bank (ADB), UNFCCC, UNEP, UNESCAP and HelpAge International. The climate crisis is the preeminent challenge of our time and the COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to build back a better world. The webinar will highlight the relationship between population growth, ageing societies and climate change. A panel of experts will share their views on how older people can play a role in saving our planet.


Opening remarks from Patricia Espinoza, Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Moderator: Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP

Think-piece author: Karl Andrew Pillemer, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University. Download document here


Joined by regional climate change and population ageing experts in the region


  • Xiao Caiwei, Vice President, China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA)
  • Professor Jyoti Parikh Ph D, FNASc, Executive Director, Integrated Research and Action for Development IRADe / Member, former Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Climate Change
  • Eduardo Klien, Regional Director for Asia Pacific, HelpAge International
  • Mozaharul Alam, Regional Coordinator, Climate Change Programme Asia and the Pacific Office, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Community expert inputs:

  • Quyen Tran, Older People’s Association Expert, HelpAge International
  • Prakash Tyagi, Executive Director of GRAVIS, India


Video presentations:

  • Video 1: An opening remarks by Patricia Espinoza, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC
  • Video 2: Climate change through the eyes of older people in the Philippines produced by Coalition of the Services of the Elderly (COSE)
  • Video 3: Vision casting on’ Older People and Action on Climate Change: A Powerful But Underutilized Resource’ by Karl Andrew Pillemer, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University
  • Video 4: Older people and action to combat climate change, a story from the Thar desert, Rajasthan, India, produced by Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS) 
  • Video 5: Older people, climate change and community action


The webinar recording is available here. In addition, we produced a paper on older people and climate action. Download here.