Sustainable Earth 2021

Sustainable Earth 2021

Held between 24-25 July 2021, Sustainable Earth 2021 welcomed researchers, students, businesses, NGOs, the public sector, community groups and individuals to engage around the global and local challenges of the climate emergency. 
The online forum aimed to provide attendees, from across all areas of society, the opportunity to understand the challenges and solutions to reaching net zero, to hear about the latest developments, research and initiatives, to network and make new connections, to identify opportunities to collaborate, and ultimately to take action at any level.
The two-day programme included: 
  • 5 keynote presentations examining 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, sharing 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.
  • A documentary screening of 8 BILLION ANGELS, and after show Q&A.

Sustainable Earth 2021 full playlist

With thanks to our speakers:

John Elkington
John Elkington, Volans
Professor Kevin Anderson
Professor Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas, Thomas Matthews Communication Design
Professor Sarah Bridle
Professor Sarah Bridle, University of Manchester
Dr Matt Winning
Dr Matt Winning, University College London
Dr Anna Birney
Dr Anna Birney, Forum for the Future
PLUS...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), Dr Paul Lunt(University of Plymouth), Professor Steve Goodhew(University of Plymouth),
Jessica Holliland(Plymouth Social Enterprise Network), 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.


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 hosted a live streaming for event attendees, 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."
8 Billion Angels film screening

View previous Sustainable Earth conferences: 2016, 2017 and 2018