Keynote: People powered change in action
Namrata Chowdhary, Head of public engagement, 350.org, will be speaking at Impact Space Amsterdam on 22 April 2024.
Global climate justice organisation 350.org has recently made a deliberate strategic shift: building on the success of its international campaigns to end the age of fossil fuels that caused the climate crisis, and putting that same powerful attention towards championing renewable energy solutions instead. In a world where multiple crises collide, how might 350’s unique mix of community organising and global campaigning help people move through grief and rage to hope and power, inspiring them to take action and give financial support? What does it take to shift an organisation’s focus from dismantling the pillars of support around the fossil fuel industry to building a justice-centred world powered by clean energy for all?
As the head of 350’s public engagement department, Namrata Chowdhary will share what it takes for a broad-based organisation to agree and align around a big change like this, deepen relationships and bring supporters along on the journey.
350.org was founded in 2008, on the conviction that people are the most powerful agents of change, and that the only way to achieve real climate justice is to strengthen, empower and grow the climate movement. The organisation takes an intersectional lens to its work on climate justice, and is deliberate about making space for leadership from the global majority: working with communities who are most heavily impacted by the climate crisis, despite having contributed the least to it.
Namrata Chowdhary (Nama) is the Head of Public Engagement at 350.org. Nama has been working in the international third sector since the late nineties, campaigning on a wide range of issues in the global north and south. She began her career in India, moved to Europe in 2006, and currently lives in the United Kingdom. She has worked with Greenpeace, World Animal Protection, and the Mobilisation Lab, and founded social change agency Cause Impact.
In addition to her role on 350.org’s Executive Team, Nama currently serves on the Boards of the Mobilisation Lab Collective and her local Refugee and Migrant Network, and is a founding member of the Mizizi Project. An experienced strategist, systems thinker, and facilitator, she enjoys building alliances around intersecting social and environmental justice issues. Nama is proud to have played a leadership role in setting 350.org’s new direction for delivering people-powered impact at an international scale. As she says, “Another world is ours to build – and it will take us all.”