International development has a key role to play when it comes to tackling global environmental issues. Done right, cooperation between governments and trade blocs have the potential to provide effective efforts to mitigate climate change. Done wrong, however, and unsustainable development can result in the exploitation of environments and peoples in developing countries to disastrous effect.
This stream aims to highlight some of the key problems facing the NGOs and governments striving to confront this problem through a political, economic and legal lens. Our speakers will address a range of questions including; how will Britain’s exit from the European Union impact environmental policy in the UK and abroad? What can we do to promote sustainability in our everyday lives? And what are the global issues around environment?
We are pleased to welcome the following confirmed speakers;
City to Sea-
Michelle has been Being-PALL (Plastic A Lot Less) since 2008. A surfer, skater, photographer and mini-film maker she was invited to become Creative Director of City to Sea by Natalie Fee. Natalie founded City to Sea in 2015, a community interest company (CIC) connecting our actions to our ocean. Composed of a collaboration of practitioners, scientists, local organisations, marine biologists & campaigners they tackle plastic pollution at source - from City to Sea! It has lead initiatives such as #SwitchTheStick (the successful cotton bud campaign) Unflushables (getting people to connect their toilets with the ocean) and Refill (the free tap water initiative which now has over 6,000 refill stations across the UK)
Dr Jenneth Parker, BA: MSc; DPhil-
Jenneth Parker has worked widely in the field of Sustainability since 1992 and has recently completed a book titled ‘Critiquing Sustainability, Changing Philosophy’. She has utilised her background in philosophy to take a transdisciplinary approach to subjects including the concept of nested scales in Earth system governance, the Value of Living Systems, and the importance of land use in the context of climate change and social justice. She engages in policy formation of UNESCO, the EU, local authorities, and the Welsh Assembly Government. She Is aslo a director of the Schumacher Institute.
New Internationalist is a non-profit independent media cooperative that has reported on issues of social and environmental justice since 1973. The magazine acts as a platform for writers from the Global South, whilst aiming to empower people by suggesting solutions and highlighting alternatives.
Robin Maynard, Chief Executive at Population Matters-
Robin Maynard is an Environmental campaigner, writer and strategist. Robin has held senior positions at Friends of the Earth, the Soil Association and the Forestry Commission and undertaken work for Compassion in World farming, among many others. Founded in 1991, Population Matters is a membership charity that addresses population size and environmental sustainability. it promotes smaller families and sustainable consumption across the world, to achieve a healthy planet and a decent standard of living for all.