Islands are facing unprecedented challenges from climate change and significant investment is needed to move the needle to a more climate-resilient economy and society. As we look towards the UNFCCC COP27 summit, it is essential that climate financing be prioritized on global agendas to support the green recovery and future resilience of islands.
James Ellsmoor is the Founder & CEO of Island Innovation, a communications agency focused on the need of island communities. He has a passion for sustainable development and renewable energy, particularly applications for rural and isolated communities. Last year he ran the inaugural Virtual Island Summit, which brought together 4,000 participants from Scotland to Samoa to share stories about their communities. James has always used technology to advance his mission, allowing him to live and work anywhere and manage a team spread over 4 continents. Island Innovation focuses on bringing together NGOs, the private sector, universities and government with projects covering topics including lithium extraction, climate change and public policy.