Submissions:2023/What the World Needs from Wikimedians in the Face of the Climate Crises

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WikiConference North America 2023 unfortunately could not accommodate this submission in its program this year.


What the World Needs from Wikimedians in the Face of the Climate Crises


Community Initiatives, Research / Science / Medicine, Wild Ideas, Credibility / Mis and Disinformation (WikiCred)

Type of session:



In the face of the Climate Crises, there are going to be billions of small decisions that mean the difference between human suffering and a more just, resilient world. We are all living through these crises: feeling the effects of the climate crises, but also contributing to its causes. During the last few years, I have been supporting Wikimedia communities developing tactics and models of participation to address the crises.

I will be sharing how Wikimedia communities around the world are participating in the change needed to address the Climate Crises and other environmental issues through the tactics and programs related to #WikiForHumanRights, the Organizer Lab and African Environment Day and community partnerships while also pointing at the needs for communities in North America to respond to the crises. In the 2023 WikiForHumanRights Campaign, organizers facilitated over 65 events around the world, contributing to more than 10,000 Wikimedia pages and engaging over 900 contributors. Learning from these approaches, can help change how and what Wikimedia communities are doing to address the 2030 Movement Strategy recommendation for Topics for Impact.

At the end of the session, we will do a workshop where everyone identifies develop small commitments for how participants will respond to what the world needs from them as part of the Wikimedia Movement. This commitment framework will be based on the Ayana Johnson Climate Action Venn Diagram:

You can read more about my work on this topic in the following posts:

Author name:

Alex Stinson

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:

Astinson (WMF)/Sadads

Affiliated organization(s):

Wikimedia Foundation

Estimated time:

30-40 minutes

Special requests:

I am unable to attend in person, but am happy to participate remotely

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

Yes, I regularly talk about this theme and topic in Wikimedia contexts -- including a presentation this year on #WikiForHumanRighst and the Organizer Lab

Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)

I would be happy to record it and have it played outside the live sessions