Inquiry: How business can put people at the heart of climate action
“THERE IS NO GOING BACK. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO NOW, IT IS TOO LATE TO AVOID CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE POOREST, THE MOST VULNERABLE, THOSE WITH THE LEAST SECURITY, ARE NOW CERTAIN TO SUFFER.”
David Attenborough, Naturalist
Climate justice is a framing of the climate crisis through an equity and social justice lens – is not a new concept. Advocates have been calling for a rights-based, people-centered approach for at least 20 years. The UN Human Rights Council has been vocal on the threat climate change poses to human rights. Existing inequities – due to factors including gender, race, and income – increase the severity of the risks people face and limit their access to the opportunities of a transition to a green economy. Climate justice recognises these inequities and injustices and seeks to address them by putting people at the heart of climate strategies.
This Enquiry session will examine how business can put people at the heart of climate action.
Together we will examine three key areas:
– How can business protect lives related to the primary effects of climate change?
– What are the risks and opportunities to vulnerable livelihoods as we feel the impacts of climate change and how can we take action?
– How can business improve access to learning – relates to people’s ability to seize the opportunities of a green transition.
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Director of Thought Leadership at Business Fights Poverty
Katie has over 10 years’ experience in business and social impact, including with multinationals in the finance and telecommunications sectors. Katie is an award-winning and published thought leader spanning disciplines of business innovation, stakeholder engagement and sustainability. As Director of Thought Leadership at BFP, Katie leads efforts to distil and distribute practical insights to enable businesses to scale their social impact. Previously, Katie worked for Barclays, where she led external stakeholder engagement and strategic relationships for the bank on social and environmental agendas. And for Telefonica UK, where she developed an award winning sustainability internal engagement strategy. Katie holds an MA Environment Politics & Globalisation, King’s College London.
“Monique Ntumngia is a sustainable entrepreneur from
Cameroon on a mission to solve Africa’s energy problem.
A trained legal professional, Monique Ntumngia is
globally recognised and known for the impact of her NGO:
The GREEN GIRLS ORGANISATION that she founded in
2016, that provides access to clean and affordable energy
to women and girls in African rural communities.
An unapologetic feminist who believes that women and
girls deserve the same opportunities men are entitled to,
she is also the Founder and CEO of Monafrik Energy a
clean energy company that carries out solar and biogas
installations for major construction projects, individuals
who have their homes in either rural or urban settings,
schools, hospitals and catering establishments.
Her work in providing access to clean and affordable
energy on the African continent portray her values of
service to not only Cameroon but Africa and the world at
large which have earned her numerous awards such as:
2019- VISA Everywhere Initiative Women's Global Edition
(1st African Female to win this award)
2019- WWF International President's Award (1st African
Female to win this award)
2019- UNLEASH SDG7 Global Prize Winner for The Best
Innovative Clean Energy Project
2018- UNESCO Youth Award for Sustainable Education
2017- WWF Africa Youth Award 2017
2017- Africa Youth Connekt Award for Best Project and
2017- Sustainable Development Youth Award from the
Ministry of Youth and Sports Cameroon
2017- UNCTAD Award for Best Social Entrepreneur and
2016- Cameroon Leadership Award for Best Entrepreneur
Monique Ntumngia sits on the board of AWEEF (African
Women Energy Entrepreneurs Framework) and is also the
Central African Coordinator for the organisation.
She is also a Board Member for: Women for Sustainable
Energy and Climate Action.
Given Monique’s wealth of knowledge and experience
about the shortcomings of the clean energy sector on the
African continent, Africa’s sustainable infrastructural
problems and lack of access to private equity funding for
African female entrepreneurs she has severally been
invited as a high-profile panelist by:
The World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum for Africa
The African Economic Conference
The African Development Bank
International Finance Corporation
The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
The University of Oxford
African Economic Outlook
All the COP Climate Agreement Meetings
VISA and the AU.
In 2020 in the heart of the Covid-19 pandemic she
launched an online consulting called: The NGO Expert
aimed at training individuals who wish to get into the
International Developmental space and enhancing the
capacity of those individuals who are already NGO owners
but don’t know how to run their NGO’s in order to bring
With over 35 international media that have interviewed
her and featured the impact of the Green Girls
Organisation’s work across the African continent, Forbes
Editor in Chief Devin Thorpe named her: Africa’s
Renewable Energy Queen.”