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Published on Sep 23, 2014
On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. Kathy was selected from among over 500 civil society candidates in an open, global nomination process conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.
Kathy performed a new poem entitled "Dear Matafele Peinem", written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. Kathy is also a teacher, journalist and founder of the environmental NGO, Jo-jikum.
"Dear Matafele Peinem” Poem and performance by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
Creative-Innovation Agency: The Global Brain Director / Producer: Natalia Vega-Berry Executive Producer: Michael Tracy Director Visual: Natalia Vega-Berry Co-Directors: Jenna Pool / David Joshua Ford Project Coordinator: Isha Ohja Storyboard: Annabelle Tracy Post Production: Cutters Studios Executive Producer: Elizabeth Krajewski Editor: Steve Bell Assistant Editors: Austin Rauterkus, Cameron Yergler, Casey Swoyer Sound Engineer: Eric Thompson Flame / finish: Moises Tavera Music: Yessian Music: Andrew Knox Music Productions, Inc. Music Title: "Imparting the Atmosphere" Composer: Derek Whitacre Publisher: Alibi Music
A special thank you to the many organizations and individuals around the world who contributed visuals for this project, including:
350.org #Action4Climate filmmakers and Connect4Climate.org Adrian Arbib Anglican Alliance Australian Medical Students Association Avaaz Canadian Youth Climate Coalition CGIAR CCAFS Climate Ride Friends of the Earth Europe Get Up! Action for Australia India Echo Channel
Jack Niedenthal Kevin Buckland Molly Mazilu Mothers Out Front The Nature Conservancy Press TV UK Project Survival Media Source Project Sven Eberlein The World Bank
"A special thank you to the following, who went out of their way to provide invaluable services, support and assistance for this project: