Sustainable Earth 2021: Speakers

Professor Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University of Manchester

Kevin holds a joint chair between the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester, the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at the University of Uppsala (Sweden), and the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation at the University of Bergen (Norway). He has previously held the role of Zennström professor of climate change leadership at Uppsala and  director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. 

Kevin has contributed to the development of Paris-compliant carbon budgets for Swedish Län and Kommuner and his analysis contributed to the UK’s Climate Change Act and subsequent national carbon budgets. Kevin is currently providing an evidence base to the European Commission’s development of EU carbon budgets.

Kevin presents at 09:45, 24 June: From wilful delusion to action on climate change: a fair response to Paris

Kevin presents at 09:45, 24 June: From wilful delusion to action on climate change: a fair response to Paris

Sophie presents at 12:45, 24 June: A Designer’s response to the Climate Emergency – the power of creativity

Sophie presents at 12:45, 24 June: A Designer’s response to the Climate Emergency – the power of creativity

Sophie Thomas, Founding Director, Thomas Matthews Communication Design

Sophie Thomas is an unusual mix of campaigner, practicing designer and chartered waste manager. She has been working in the fields of sustainable design, behaviour change and material process for over 20 years; through her design agency, Thomas.Matthews ltd; and through a number of campaigning posts including Director of The Great Recovery.

Her role of Director of Circular Economy at the RSA led to her being design advisor for the Circular Economy Task Force and a member of the UK Resources Council. She was also part of the UK government committee for the ‘Industry Evolution’ report published in 2015 that helped to set the UK Industrial Strategy.

John Elkington, Volans

As Founder and Chief Pollinator at Volans, John is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded keynote speaker and contributor, from conferences to boards and advisory boards. John tackles some of the world's most challenging problems, helping key actors move from the responsibility agenda through resilience to regeneration. He has inspired a number of Volans’ inquiries, including Project Breakthrough, Tomorrow’s Capitalism Inquiry and the Green Swans Observatory. He has worked with an A-to-Z of businesses worldwide, now helping the Volans team guide multinational companies to transform towards a regenerative future. John is the author Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism.

Linkedin 
Twitter: @volansjohn and @volanshq 
Green Swans Book: volans.com/project/green-swans

John will present at 12:45, 25 June: Why Business Must Win The Race To Net Zero Carbon

John will present at 12:45, 25 June: Why Business Must Win The Race To Net Zero Carbon

Sarah presents at 10:05, 25 June: How much do different food choices contribute to climate change?

Sarah presents at 10:05, 25 June: How much do different food choices contribute to climate change?

Professor Sarah Bridle, University of Manchester

A Professor at the University of Manchester, Sarah has diversified from astrophysics into agriculture and food research, motivated by the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Sarah led the Take a Bite out of Climate Change https://www.takeabite.info exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in 2019 and leads the Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open source Toolkit (GGDOT) www.ggdot.org which brings together data from food choices and greenhouse gas emissions to inform the public and policy makers.

Sarah’s book Food and Climate Change – Without the Hot Air was published in 2020 by UIT Cambridge. 


Dr Anna Birney, Forum for the Future

Anna is the Director of the School of System Change at Director of learning at Forum for the Future. She has nearly two decades of experience of designing and facilitating systems change processes for sustainability. She has worked on a wide range of issues and sectors, including a seven year Education Systems Change programme, the Marine CoLAB and Forum for the Futures projects around Sustainable Nutrition and Climate Change. She also coaches organisations with their systems change strategy development including Unilever, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Innovate UK and WWF-UK. In 2016 she launched the School of System Change, which is seeking to build an international learning community of change makers. Anna is the author of Cultivating Systems Change: A Practitioners Companion (2014). 

Twitter: @AnnasQuestions


Anna presents at 09:35, 25 June: Food waste and systems change

Anna presents at 09:35, 25 June: Food waste and systems change

Rob Passmore 

Rob Passmore, FRSA, has served as the Deputy Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi's European Internet Division. He has operated as CEO/Commercial Director in a range of digital businesses, including Momondo, which recently sold to Priceline for $500m. Operating as Commercial Director for social enterprise openDemocracy, he raised $5m from the Ford Foundation. He has started (and failed) in a range of start-ups and has taken multiple businesses from "idea on an envelope" through to £15m+ turnover. For the last five years, he has refocused his commercial skills onto environmental challenges. He is CEO of Smarter Carbon, Commercial Lead for the Biosphere Foundation, and serves on the Board of One Northern Devon.

Rob presents at 13:15, 25 June: Investing in Nature: North Devon Natural Capital Impact Fund and Marketplace

Rob presents at 13:15, 25 June: Investing in Nature: North Devon Natural Capital Impact Fund and Marketplace

Patrick presents at 13:15, 25 June: Devon Climate Assembly – a political response to the climate emergency

Patrick presents at 13:15, 25 June: Devon Climate Assembly – a political response to the climate emergency

Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, University of Exeter 

Patrick has a primary interest in social acceptance of energy transitions, community engagement and place attachment. With expertise spanning human geography and environmental psychology, he was cited in the top 1% of social science scholars globally by Web of Science in 2019 and 2020. 

He works closely with policy makers, industry and civil society groups and is currently Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group 3 on Climate Mitigation, Chair of the Devon Net Zero Task Force and a non-Executive Director of Exeter Community Energy.

Richard Povall, art.earth 

Richard is a cultural producer, researcher and educator and the founding Director of art.earth. His practice and research centre around the natural world and ecological systems and art practices. He has run a number of creative companies and held senior academic posts at Universities in the UK and USA and is currently Visiting Research Professor at Science Walden at Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology, S. Korea. He has a doctorate from Plymouth University, sits on the boards of a number of creative organisations, and is a member of the Cultural Leadership Group at Eden Project.

Richard presents at 13:15, 24 June: Imaginary knowledges and factual flights of fancy: the power of art and creativity in the climate debate

Richard presents at 13:15, 24 June: Imaginary knowledges and factual flights of fancy: the power of art and creativity in the climate debate

Sarah presents at 10:15, 24 June: Net Zero Carbon in the Built Environment; key ambitions and opportunities from the Future Plymouth 2030 webinar series

Sarah presents at 10:15, 24 June: Net Zero Carbon in the Built Environment; key ambitions and opportunities from the Future Plymouth 2030 webinar series

Sarah Lee, Stride Treglown

Sarah is a chartered architect with 20 years’ experience in the SW commercial market working for Stride Treglown, one of the largest national practices in the UK, and has joint chaired the Plymouth branch of the RIBA for the last 4 years.

Sarah initiated and coordinates the Future Plymouth 2030 webinar series, identifying the opportunity for a collaboration between RIBA, the Sustainability Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth and wider built environment sector to respond to the Climate Emergency and find collaborative pathways to sustainable development. Sarah is currently developing a second series to help further accelerate the built environment and community’s action to achieve Plymouth’s target of Net Zero by 2030.


Further speaker details will be announced in due course.

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