Sustainable Earth 2021

Sustainable Earth 2021

Join us for a two-day online forum across 24 and 25 June, as we bring together researchers, businesses, NGOs, the public sector, community groups and individuals to tackle global and local challenges around the climate emergency.

Hear from inspirational speakers, network, participate, spark ideas and find opportunities to collaborate.

The event is free, but registration is required to attend any part of the two-day programme, be it one session, half a day, day 1 or 2 only, or the full two days!

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Sustainable Earth 2021 offers a full two-day programme, including:

  • 5 keynote presentations covering the latest research and response to the climate emergency from academia, not-for-profit organisations, business and industry.
  • Over 20 guest speakers sharing the latest insights, research and developments across the forum’s key themes.
  • 12 action-oriented workshops providing case studies and sector findings, plus the tools and strategies to take action at all levels.
  • 40 marketplace sessions showcasing research, action and initiatives, hosted by researchers, businesses, social enterprises and community groups.
  • Documentary screening of 8 BILLION ANGELS, inc. after show Q&A.

Why attend?

  • } This is a forum for everyone - individuals, business, researchers, NGOs, students, public sector, community groups, social enterprises, all welcome...
  • ? Build your network and make connections to support your climate action
  • ? Catch up on cutting-edge research
  • ? Hear the latest developments from sustainability leaders
  • ? Identify collaborations for your research or enterprise
  • ? Seek out potential funding opportunities
  • ? Be inspired to take action at any level
  • ? Understand the challenges and solutions to reaching net zero

Speakers include:

<p>John Elkington</p>
John Elkington, Volans
<p>Professor Kevin Anderson</p>
Professor Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
<p>Sophie Thomas</p>
Sophie Thomas, Thomas Matthews Communication Design
<p>Professor Sarah Bridle</p>
Professor Sarah Bridle, University of Manchester
<p>Dr Matt Winning</p>
Dr Matt Winning, University College London
<p>Dr Anna Birney</p>
Dr Anna Birney, Forum for the Future

Plus, we also look forward to hearing from...

Sarah Lee (Stride Treglown), Leigh Cooper (NudgeUp), Dr Clare Pettinger (University of Plymouth), Dr Richard Povall (Art.Earth), Rob Passmore (North Devon Biosphere), Professor Jackie Andrade (University of Plymouth), Professor Jon Shaw (University of Plymouth), Dr Lauranne Fauvet (University of Plymouth)

Jessica Holliland (Plymouth Social Enterprise Network), Dr Paul Lunt (University of Plymouth), Professor Steve Goodhew (University of Plymouth), Paul Gilbert (South West Manufacturing Advisory Services), Mukti Mitchell (Carbon Savvy), Paul Barnard (Plymouth City Council), Ed Suttie (Building Research Establishment BRE), Dr David Sergeant (University of Plymouth), Konstantin Leonenko (University of Plymouth), Christopher Woodfield (University of Plymouth) and more.

Find out more about our speakers.


Sustainability expert and environmental activist Terry Spahr’s controversial and timely new documentary 8 BILLION ANGELS, asks the question, “Are there too many of us for planet Earth?” 

Released on 20 April 2021, the Sustainable Earth Institute is pleased to have licensed a live streaming for event attendees on Thursday 24 June, followed by a Q&A with Professor Jason Hall-Spencer featured in the film.

"8 BILLION ANGELS weaves together the voices of people around the world as they confront the growing impact of overpopulation on their lives and the planet. It dispels the misperceptions that technology can save us, that reducing consumption is the answer, and that the blame lies solely in the developing world. The ultimate goal of “8 Billion Angels” is to inspire real solutions toward lasting sustainability and a better quality of life for all of Earth’s inhabitants."

View previous Sustainable Earth conferences: 2016, 2017 and 2018