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.

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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 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: Why we need to consider systems change

Anna presents at 09:35, 25 June: Why we need to consider systems change

Matt presents 16:00, 25 June: It’s the end of the world as we know it: NOT the end of the world

Matt presents 16:00, 25 June: It’s the end of the world as we know it: NOT the end of the world

Dr Matthew Winning, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources 

Matthew provides economic analysis on the subjects of climate policy, green growth, the circular economy, climate finance and low-carbon transitions. Matthew is an author on the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and a member of the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science. 

Matthew has a TEDx talk on using humour to communicate climate change and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and various science festivals. He has his own BBC Radio 4 show 'Mark Watson and Matt Winning: Seriously, Though, The Planet' (BBC Radio 4) and appeared on The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and The Verb (BBC Radio 3). On TV, Matthew was environmental correspondent on 'Unspun with Matt Forde' (Dave) and 'The State Of It' (BBC Scotland).

Twitter: @mattywin85

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.

Paul Barnard MBE, Plymouth City Council

Paul is a Chartered Town Planner and has over 30 years of experience working in Local Government. He joined Plymouth City Council in 1991 and has held a variety of planning policy, project management and senior management posts, delivering a series of service modernisation programmes.

Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Town and Country Planning Association and the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transport, where he chairs the Planning Group. He also sits on various boards, including being the Joint Chair of the Plymouth Local Nature Partnership.

Paul is responsible for coordinating Plymouth’s response to climate change following the City Council’s climate emergency declaration of March 2019. He has driven forward the production of the first two of 11 Corporate Carbon Reduction Plans and city-wide Climate Emergency Action Plans having established the Plymouth Net Zero Partnership in 2020.

Paul presents at 13:15, 25 June: Plymouth – Racing to net zero by 2030

Paul presents at 13:15, 25 June: Plymouth – Racing to net zero by 2030

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

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 the University of Plymouth, sits on the boards of a number of creative organisations, and is a member of the Cultural Leadership Group at Eden Project.

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.


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

Leigh presents at 13:15, 24 June: Applying the learning from healthy eating nudge projects to the climate emergency

Leigh presents at 13:15, 24 June: Applying the learning from healthy eating nudge projects to the climate emergency

Leigh Cooper, NudgeUp

After graduating with a MSc in Psychological Research from Bangor University, focusing on behaviour change, Leigh created NudgeUp in 2015 with the aim of applying behavioural science principles to tackle real-world problems. NudgeUp has grown over the past six years to a team of researchers, psychologists, and designers that all share the same vision - to create design that helps.

Leigh's work focusses on assisting individuals, social enterprises, charities, and businesses to implement their behaviour change projects, through the nudge principle of influencing positive choices. Projects include designing healthy eating nudges for high-street cafes to working with charities and schools to develop prosocial campaigns. These projects have achieved high success rates for the organisations involved, with some having been nominated for awards. 

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Paul Gilbert, South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS)

Paul is Manufacturing Business Specialist, underpinned with academic diplomas in both Business and Engineering fields. Paul has enjoyed varied roles within the team at South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS), leading on low carbon and sustainability issues. 2021 sees the launch of an exciting 5-year Clean Growth/Net Zero Programme aiming to engage manufacturers across the region to accelerate their journey to Net Zero and explore the many benefits that Clean Growth can bring. Paul is passionate about the environment and more so about achieving change and improvements with busy clients.

Paul presents at 15:00, 24 June: Carbon footprinting – first steps for small and medium enterprises

Paul presents at 15:00, 24 June: Carbon footprinting – first steps for small and medium enterprises

Naomi Wright, Art and Energy

A director and co/founder of Art and Energy CIC, Naomi works across sectors, finding a common language to creatively address the climate emergency. As artist, researcher and ecologist, she is part of the Art and Energy collective, a wide range of makers, academics and technicians working together to make energy more visible.

They collaborate to produce artistic responses to the climate emergency to help people engage creatively with the huge changes they experience with the energy system. The current project, Moths To A Flame, engages the public in an urgent action on the Climate Emergency via a mass-participation art installation at COP26, Glasgow 2021.

www.mothstoaflame.art

Mukti Mitchell, Carbon Savvy

Through his own experiments in low carbon living Mukti has discovered that not only does reducing your carbon footprint improve your quality of life, but genuinely improving your quality of life also reduces your carbon footprint!

His work includes: founding Mitchell & Dickinson, specialists in insulating period properties, saving over 10,000 tonnes of CO2 to date; building an award winning zero-emission micro yacht in which he sailed around Britain to promote low carbon living, reaching an audience of 10 million; writing an award-winning online carbon footprint calculator in 2005. In 2017 he was awarded Devon environment champion of the year. In 2020 Mukti started Carbon Savvy, a carbon literacy project working in collaboration with local councils to help them reach their 2030 zero emissions targets, including enabling people to understand simple ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Mukti presents 15:00, 24 June: Win Win: How to improve your individual carbon footprint and quality of life

Mukti presents 15:00, 24 June: Win Win: How to improve your individual carbon footprint and quality of life

Ed presents 15:00, 25 June: Biophilic design – health, nature and net zero

Ed presents 15:00, 25 June: Biophilic design – health, nature and net zero

Dr Ed Suttie, BRE

Ed Suttie is Director of Strategic Advisory at BRE. He works in a team delivering research and consultancy on pathways to net zero, timber in construction, health and wellbeing and material sustainability sponsored by industry, UK Government and the European Commission. Ed is involved in research into the health and wellbeing qualities of wood used in the fit out of offices, schools and healthcare buildings. 

Ed is leading an office refurbishment study deploying biophilic design. He has published widely in the field of timber, service life, sustainability, construction and bio-based materials. He sits on the Executive Committee of Grown in Britain and convenes the European Standards committee CEN/TC38/WG28 Performance Classification of wood in construction.


Emma Burlow, Lighthouse Sustainability

Emma is the founder of Lighthouse Sustainability and one of the UK’s leading specialists on circular economy and sustainability in businesses, working directly with business on sustainability for 25 years. This experience gives Emma a unique hands-on understanding of the success factors for implementing more circular business models, in particular, the importance of understanding the financial model, establishing key partnerships and understanding the marketplace. 

In 2020, Emma started her #CE100 series to profile businesses working in the circular economy. Emma was the Head of Circular Economy at Resource Futures from 2016-2020, working with clients such as Waitrose, Central England Co-op, WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland. Emma is a Director of SevernNet, a circular economy focused business network in the Avonmouth area and leader of the Circular Economy Club (Bristol).


Emma present at 15:00, 25 June: Circular economy in small and medium enterprises

Emma present at 15:00, 25 June: Circular economy in small and medium enterprises

Jessica presents at 15:00, 24 June: Social enterprises in the climate emergency

Jessica presents at 15:00, 24 June: Social enterprises in the climate emergency

Jessica Holliland, Plymouth Social Enterprise Network

Jess has been working in the voluntary and community sector for almost a decade across many areas. She currently works for Plymouth Social Enterprise Network and School for Social Entrepreneurs as well as running her own consultancy business supporting small enterprises to grow in sustainable ways; building resilience, partnerships and communication strategies that support their mission and growth. Social enterprises are all about having a positive impact on the world around them and research shows that they place sustainability higher in their priorities than more traditional business models. She herself is passionate about sustainability and taking care of the world we live in, and enjoys supporting businesses to make accessible change to improve their impact on the world around them.


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