Season for Ex-Change Two
‘Justice’: a panel discussion
Guest Curator Thimali Kodikara hosts a panel discussion on what justice means within, and beyond, and a climate context.
Justice: its meaning and function has been debated and considered in public conversations more so than in recent memory. But how might these ideas feed into our priorities and approach to communicating the argument for urgent action on climate.
This is a discussion guest curated by Thimali Kodikara and featuring panellists including Magid Magid, Layel Camargo and Reecha Upadhyay.
About the speakers
Thimali Kodikara is series producer and co-host of the groundbreaking podcast, Mothers Of Invention, on feminist solutions to the climate crisis. With humor and creative storytelling, Thimali co-hosts the show alongside former Irish president Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins, curating a thoughtful and strategic line-up of guests from every continent and context. Since leading the show as a non-profit funded project, crewed exclusively by women and people of color, and fueled by social justice impact strategy, Mothers Of Invention has frequently been recognized as one of the top three climate podcasts in circulation and has maintained a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts since 2019. Thimali has negotiated cultural and justice partnerships with allies as diverse as 350.org to Stella McCartney. As well as the American Museum of Natural History New York where she co-hosted their 5th anniversary celebrations of the Paris Agreement, and The Sanders Institute, having interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders days after President Biden won the US election. She has advised global climate organizations on how to adopt intersectionally-feminist principles in their communications strategies. And has been invited to speak at the Berlin Human Rights Film Festival, Original Thinkers Festival in Telluride, and judge EarthX Film Festival 2020 where she awarded Best Film to My Octopus Teacher- it’s first major prize. Thimali was recently invited to consult on BAFTA’s industry climate education program to encourage a swell of justice narratives in British film and television.
Before Mothers Of Invention, Thimali produced editorial content for Getty Images, and documentary content for Christie’s Worldwide. Thimali is a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design London and has lived in New York City for 17 years.
Layel Camargo is a cultural strategist, land steward, filmmaker and artist, is a descendent of the Yaqui tribe and Mayo tribes of the Sonoran Desert. Layel is a transgender and non binary person. They graduated from UC Santa Cruz with dual degrees in Feminist Studies and Legal Studies. Layel was the Impact Producer for “The North Pole Show” season two with Executive Produce Rosario Dawson. They currently produce and host ‘Did We Go Too Far’, a podcast with an ecological justice organization, Movement Generation. At The Center for Cultural Power as the Ecological Arts and Culture Manager they created alongside Favianna Rodriguez ‘Climate Woke’ a national campaign to center BIPOC voices in climate justice. Due to wanting to shape a new world they co-founded ‘Shelterwood Collective’ a land based organization that teaches land stewardship, creative envisioning and healing for long term survival. Layel was a Transformative Justice practitioner for 6 years and still finds ways to bring their lessons in alternatives to the carceral system to all their work. Most recently, Layel was named on the Grist 2020 Fixers List, as well as celebrated by Yerba Buena Center of the Arts list of people to watch out for in 2019.
Magid Magid is a Somali-British race and climate justice activist/organiser and author who came to the UK as a refugee aged five. He is Founder & Director of Union of Justice. He was a member of the European Parliament representing Yorkshire & the Humber, Mayor of his beloved city, Sheffield and was also an elected councillor representing his community. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the think tank ‘Friends of Europe’ and is co-chair of refugee charity ‘City of Sanctuary Sheffield’.
Magid was also named one of TIME’s 100 rising stars shaping the future of the world. Magid is also a custard connoisseur.
Reecha Upadhyay is Portfolio Manager for India at Clean Air Fund. Reecha has overseen many successful air quality campaigns, including the #MyRightToBreathe campaign in Delhi, 100% UP campaign in Uttar Pradesh and the 100% Bihar campaigns on promotion of renewable energy.
Reecha has twelve years’ background in programme development and management as part of the Asia Foundation and the United Nations. At the UN, based in New York, Geneva, South Sudan, and New Delhi, she ran programmes on conflict and disaster prevention, developing and implementing global advocacy campaigns like Stop Rape Now and One Billion Rising.
As well as working directly in air quality, she has developed campaigns for many relevant fields including human rights and labour rights, women and gender equality, and child protection. She is also a founding partner of a film production company in Delhi called Jamun.
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