Why she is cool: Roz Savage is a United Nations Climate Hero, a trained presenter for Al Gore’s Climate Project, and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org. She has been listed as the Top 20 British Adventures by the Daily Telegraph and the Top 10 Adventure Twitters by Outside Magazine.
Why he is cool: Paul Zilk is the CEO of Paris-based exhibition organizer Reed Midem, which organises leading international professional tradeshows in entertainment (music and television), commercial real estate and urban management. Nearly 80,000 business leaders, officials and personalities from 120 countries attend Reed Midem events each year.
Why she is cool: Bianca Jagger is a prominent international human rights and climate change advocate. She is the Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of the Amnesty International USA and Trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust.
For over 30 years, Bianca Jagger has campaigned for human rights, social and economic justice and environmental protection throughout the world.
Why they are cool: Austrian pop group My Excellence have made the official campaign song for Seal the Deal! called: "Come On (Seal the Deal)".
My Excellence members, singer and songwriter Richie Ulmer, guitarist Chris Kolasinski, Michael Pint on bass and drummer Paul Schneider, performed the song for the first time live on August 28 at a ceremony at the United Nations Office in Vienna attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Sara Svensson and Anne Walraven
Why they are cool: Sara Svensson from Sweden and Anne Walraven from the Netherlands are the European Youth Advisors to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Together with their fellow advisors, they counsel UNEP on better ways of engaging young people in its work and represents youth in international environmental negotiations.
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Why he is cool: Former UN Secretary-General (1997-2007) Kofi Annan is the President of the Global Humanitarian Forum whose campaign on climate change ‘Tck,Tck,Tck, Time for Climate Justice’ was launched on June 25 in Cannes.
The campaign, launched with Live AID founder Bob Geldof aims to organize mass public support for a successful outcome at the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009. The climate crisis is reaching its peak. Our actions will determine the future of our planet and, therefore, the ‘Tck Tck Tck, Time for Climate Justice’ campaign is urging everyone to join the movement to prevent catastrophic impacts from global warming.
Why she is cool: Björk founded the organisation "Nattura" in 2008 which aims to promote Icelandic nature and grassroots industries. In June 2008 she organized and headlined in a free concert in Reykjavík with Sigur Rós to raise awareness on environmental issues. In collaboration with Audur Group, she set up a venture capital fund titled "BJÖRK" to support the creation of sustainable industries in Iceland. Björk was nominated FUN: Friend of the UN by UNRIC in 2008.
Why he is cool: Creator of the cotton Seal the Deal pins for UNRIC, Jean-Paul Knott is a Belgian designer who has worked with the UN in Europe for three years. After 12 years working on the different products for Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul opened his company in Brussels in 2000 and has developed his lines since. His first project with the UN was for the network of Friends of the United Nations F.U.N, for which he made the first blue bracelets. He has also created a line of clothing for the online European clothing store 3 Suisse with the UNRIC slogan “it’sCool2Care”.
Michel de Wouters
Why he is Cool: Belgian film producer and director, Michel de Wouters has been involved with the Polar Foundation since its creation and he is currently the director and administrator of the Polar Foundation in South Africa.
To promote the UN’s global campaign on climate change Seal the Deal, Michel de Wouters produced a short film called: “Wear Seal the Deal” with the Belgian fashion designer Jean-Paul Knott.
Why she is cool: In 2007, Margot Wallström, launched with two other leading female politicians, “the Road to Copenhagen”, a unique initiative which allows individuals to contribute to the UN climate negotiating process which aims at securing an international climate agreement for the post-2012 period to be finalized in Copenhagen in 2009.
Cool facts: Since 2004, Margot Wallström is the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication.
Why he is cool: As chairman of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) since 2002 Dr Pachauri has been instrumental in achieving a consensus on the scientific basis of Climate Change, notably in "Climate Change 2007", the Fourth IPCC Assessment Report. On December 10, 2007, Dr. Pachauri accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC, along with co-recipient Al Gore.
Why she is cool: Mary Robinson is a leading member of several initiatives in international affairs, notably on human rights and the environment. Robinson, who is Vice-President of the Club of Madrid, is one of three chair-women of the Road to Copenhagen initiative on climate change.
Cool facts: Mary Robinson served as the first female President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.
Why he is cool: Yann Arthus-Bertrand is the President of Good Planet, a non-profit organisation created in 2005 to raise public awareness on environmental protection and to find concrete answers to the ecological crisis. His aerial photographs, inseperable from the texts which accompany them, invite us to ponder upon the evolution of our planet and the future of its inhabitants.
Cool facts: Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a renowned and internationally recognised French photographer.
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Why she is cool: Gro Harlem Brundtland chaired the so-called Brundtland Commission on the Environment and Development. Its report “Our Common Future” is credited for developing the broad concept of sustainable development. Brundltand is also one of the three chairwomen of the Road to Copenhagen initiative.
Cool facts: Gro Harlem Brundtland is a Norwegian politician and international civil servant. She has served as Prime Minister of Norway, the Director-General of the WHO (World Health Organization) and is UN Special Envoy on Climate Change.
Why she is cool: As the Danish Minister for the Climate and Energy since November 2007, Connie Hedegaard will play an important role in trying to secure a new climate deal to replace the existing Kyoto Protocol. Ms Hedegaard is the President of COP 15, the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009, on behalf of the host nation.
Yvo de Boer
Why he is cool: As Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC since 2006, Yvo de Boer is the top UN Climate official. The UNFCCC stands for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, often referred to as the Kyoto-protocol. It is the declared aim of the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen to adopt a new climate convention to succeed the Kyoto-protocol.
Cool facts: Before joining the UNFCCC, Mr. de Boer was a top official in the Dutch Ministry of the Environment.
Why he is cool: As the Executive Director of UNEP (UN Environment Programme) since 2006, Achim Steiner is the top official of the leading UN agency on Climate change.
Cool facts: Achim Steiner, a Brazilian born German national, served as Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) from 2001 to 2006.
Why she is cool: Katie Paterson’s unique work of art, first displayed at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2007, invited people to dial a mobile phone number to listen to the cracks and groans of melting ice. Paterson placed an underwater microphone inside the Jökulsárlón lagoon - an outlet glacial lagoon of the Vatnajökull glacier on Iceland – which was connected to an amplifier and a mobile-phone, creating a live phone line to the glacier.
Why he is cool: Alain Hubert is a Belgian environmentalist and co-founder of the International Polar Foundation. During the winter of 2007-2008 Hubert was in charge of the construction of a new Belgian science station on the South-Pole.
Cool facts: Hubert has traveled to both the North- and the South-Pole and made five attempts to climb Mount Everest.
Weapons of Sound
Why they are cool: Hailed as the UK’s greenest band Weapons of Sound thump out their eclectic brand of junk percussion on an array of unusual instruments from shopping trolleys and plastic barrels to gas pipes and scaffolding poles…….. …. they even use the kitchen sink!
Travelling the world over the innovative group dazzle and motivate audiences with their jaw dropping show and inspire people of all ages with their encompassing workshops.
Sussan Deyhim and Richard Horowitz
Why they are cool: Sussan Deyhim and Richard Horowitz are two composers that contributed the original soundtrack to the Wear Seal the Deal and Seal the Deal in Europe video clips.
Cool facts: Sussan is an Iranian composer, vocalist and performance artist. She was part of the national dance company in Iran from the age of thirteen and traveled all across Iran. Her music remains true to the spirit of her ancient heritage while pointing to the future with a very personal and poetic dramatic sensibility. In 1980 she moved to New York embarking on a multifaceted career encompassing music, theatre, dance, media and film.
Why she is cool: “It’s Cool2Care" is UNRIC’s CoolPlanet2009 global campaign slogan; the sound track incorporates voices from the USA, Croatia, Malta, Serbia, Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras, and France. In their native language the refrain is: "The planet is getting hotter and hotter; we all have a responsibility; it's Cool to Care." The composer and engineer is Brenda Ray, a location film audio engineer living in New York. Her creative focus revolves around languages, voices, and world rhythms.
Why they are cool: they are the creative minds behind a series of short films that were produced to showcase the CoolPlanet2009 website and draw attention to the global campaign calling on world leaders to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen. Produced in two languages and in two different version, one 30s video and a one minute version, the videos were produced using original footage from the movie HOME by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and unique vocals and sound by Sussan Deyhim and Richard Horowitz. Balistik Art are a marketing agency who use web 2.0 technology to create a buzz around different themes.
Everyone can make a difference – Cool message from Connie Hedegaard
It is our responsibility –
Cool message from Margot Wallström
Politicians have not yet put the relevant policies in place - Cool message from Yvo de Boer