Taking Political Activism to the Next Level - Animal Politics World Confe­rence 2022

How to speed up positive change for our planet and all its inhabitants? This Animal Politics World Conference gathers experts, politicians, and activists in EU-capital Brussels, to share their knowledge about (political) activism for climate, nature, animals, and a liveable planet and to offer practical examples of grass-roots initiatives from all over the world. Join us in Brussels or through the live stream online!

Speeding up positive change for a liveable planet

Recent scientific reports confirm that nothing less than a viable future on this planet is at stake. Still, current political leaders worldwide are not taking the action that is needed. To solve the urgent challenges we face today, we need to change politics, and invest in solutions for tomorrow.

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Ecocentric animal rights parties and activists at the Global Day of Action during COP26 in Glasgow, 2021

Alongside increasing citizen engagement and (legal) activism, politics plays an important part in creating necessary change. This conference explores how to accelerate positive change and how to join hands in safeguarding a liveable planet.

Check out the full programme with two days of lectures, practical trainings and panel sessions by speakers and participants from all over the world – including MEP Anja Hazekamp; ‘Practivism’ and citizen engagement expert Eva Rovers; and speakers on climate lawsuits, activism and citizen engagement from Ukraine, Tunisia, Portugal, Poland, Kurdistan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Serbia, and the UK.

Hands-on training for participants will be provided by campaign accelerator Sean Currie, ethical story telling expert David Labi, fundraising specialist Rick Holland and movement builders Job van den Assem and Mark Westcombe.

Public event: Three Generations for Climate

On Saturday, December 10th, you are invited to join us in the heart of Brussels for a special public event – with drinks after – on the occasion of International Animal and Human Rights Day. With Member of Dutch Parliament Christine Teunissen, young environmentalist Ariane Giraneza and director of Friends of the Earth, Donald Pols. Make sure to reserve your free tickets quickly, as seats are limited!

What’s not to miss?

Three planet protectors from three generations and three different fields of action will exchange ideas about the most urgent question of our times: what is the best approach to tackle the climate crisis? Everyone is invited to ask questions and share ideas.


  • Climate activist Ariane Giraneza (29), young environmentalist, former EU Climate and Environment Delegate at Y7, the G7 youth engagement group;
  • Christine Teunissen (37), Member of Dutch Parliament and acting party leader of the first successful political animal rights party in the world, the Dutch Party for the Animals;
  • Donald Pols (50), director of Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), one of the most influential climate organisations of this time and initiator of the world famous and successful case against Shell.

Moderated by ethical storyteller David Labi.

How to join

You are warmly invited to join the public event ‘Three Generations for Climate’ in Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel, 71 Avenue Louise, Brussels on Saturday the 10th of December from 20h00 to 21h30 – with drinks after. There will be plenty of opportunity to share thoughts and ask questions. Sign up for free now! Seats are limited.

Not able to attend in person? You can watch the livestream on YouTube and Facebook and ask questions and share comments via the chat.

Live stream conference

The plenary lectures and panel session of the conference will be live streamed online on YouTube and Facebook on Saturday the 10th of December.
These include (all times indicated in CET):

9h30 – 10h00:
Opening and introduction

10h00 – 10h25:
Speeding Up Change with Ecocentric Politics
Lecture and Q&A by MEP Anja Hazekamp

10h25 – 10h55:
Practivism: Citizens as Drivers of Positive Change
Lecture and Q&A by Eva Rovers

14.30 – 16.00:
Panel: Combining the Powers of Politics, Law, and Activism
With: Philipp Ryf (Sentience Politics, Switzerland), Melav Salih (Kurdistan Environmental Youth), Inȇs de Sousa Real (Partido Pessoas-Animais-Natureza, Portugal), Morgan Janowicz (The Green REV Institute, Poland), Eline Zeilmakers (Friends of the Earth Netherlands), Dragan Jonić (Ecological Uprising - Together, Serbia), Islem Zrelli (eco-activist, Tunisia) and Kateryna Polianska (Environment-People-Law, Ukraine)

Chats and comments will be open for asking questions and sharing ideas.