Fix the economy to fix climate change: the role of the circular economy

We cannot fix climate change unless we transform the whole economy. The circular economy is a key part of the solution to tackle climate change and to fulfil the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement.

In this session we will:

  • Explore how businesses can integrate the circular economy into their overall strategy and specifically their climate strategies, and showcase leading examples of this in practice.
  • Hear directly from leaders in the food and mobility sectors about how to pilot and scale up circular economy activities and stimulate cross value-
    chain collaboration.
  • Connect these examples and experiences with opportunities for policymakers to accelerate the circular economy transition through policies and investment.


Technology and Data Are Key to Save the Environment

Can technology and data fight climate change? The answer is an unequivocal YES! They must. Come experience how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data analytics, cloud, 5G and IoT are being used to save the rainforests, protect the Great Barrier Reef, and drastically reduce the U.K.’s carbon footprint.

Every two seconds, an area of rainforests the size of a football field is destroyed. Deforestation accounts for 10% of all carbon emissions, making it a massive contributor to global warming, with up to 90% of deforestation attributed to illegal logging. Come see how Rainforest Connection and Hitachi are using AI and ML to analyze eco-acoustic data to predict and prevent illegal logging in rainforests.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and it is one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. Come hear how a local banana farmer from North Queensland is using data-driven IoT technology from Hitachi to build a sustainable farming operation, so they can do their part to preserve this natural wonder.

Modern transport systems have made our global natural wonders accessible to so many. But, as one of the biggest contributors to climate change emissions, the transport sector now needs to decarbonise to protect the natural world it has made so accessible. Learn how we are using data and technology to help the mass transport transformation towards electric vehicles, and supporting a sustainable world for all.


  • Gajen Kandiah, Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi Vantara
  • Topher White, CEO & Founder, Rainforest Connection & representatives from Sumatra
  • Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation, UK Power Networks
  • Gavin Devaney, Managing Director, Bartle Frere Bananas


Formula E Change. Accelerated. Accelerating sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing

Over the last seven years, the ABB FIA Formula World Championship has developed into the pinnacle of electric motor racing and sits at the intersection of technology, high performance and sustainability. And this is only the beginning.

After starting as nothing more than a collection of notes on a napkin for an all-electric street racing series, Formula E has become the world’s most progressive sport driving electric vehicles to the fore in the race for a better, cleaner future.

Hear from some of the world’s best racing drivers, brands and industry pioneers on how racing through the streets of the most iconic cities in the world is leading the way in using sport to deliver a future we can embrace.

Whether it is developing the battery technology used in road-vehicles around the world, shining a light on environmental issues we must address, ensuring all walks of life are given equal opportunities or partnering with global organisations to inspire change, Formula E remains the planet’s favourite sport.

This unique, interactive session will provide insight and opportunity to engage with the key stakeholders at the forefront of a new approach to sport and fan engagement.


Climate Challenge Cup innovation showcase and awards

No one can fight climate change alone. That is why the Climate Challenge Cup is celebrating civic research partnerships in the UK and US, where organisations are working collaboratively to tackle climate change.

This international competition is delivered by the research organisation, social investor and community practitioner, The Young Foundation, in the UK, and by MetroLab Network, a civic research and innovation collaborative, in the US.

We are delighted to invite you to an evening of inspiration, networking, and celebration at COP26.

Join us to discuss climate action and hear about innovative and scalable projects that are helping communities become more resilient to the effects of climate change, from wildfires to extreme flooding. You’ll also hear from partnerships helping cities achieve their net zero targets.

The event will culminate in an award ceremony, with an expert panel of judges including:
Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs
Daze Aghaji, Young UK Climate Justice Activist
Nicola Yates OBE, CEO of the Connected Places Catapult
Dr Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc
Professor Alex Halliday, Director of the Earth Institute and Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School

The Climate Challenge Cup is supported by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with grant funding, and by the City of Glasgow, as well as the UK’s Science and Innovation Network, Innovate UK, The University of Glasgow and Vertigo Ventures.

Find out more on www.climatechallengecup.com


Talking about Our Generation: putting younger generations in charge of the switch to sustainable energy & transportation

Following a film premiere with Fully Charged and National Grid where young people document their hopes, dreams and fears for climate change, we invite you to join a riveting panel, with TV presenter Robert Llewellyn speaking to youngsters as we put them in charge of the switch to sustainable energy and transportation.

Hear their thoughts on:

  • Whether we are making progress fast enough
  • Where they want to see focused efforts when it comes to cleaning up transport
  • What they want those in charge now to do to protect their future.

This won’t be your ordinary panel talking to experts – we will be flipping things around so future generations have their say on what shape the world should take when it comes to energy supply and driving the future of transport.


Climate Science at the top of the world – National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Expeditions

This session brings together science, exploration and storytelling to highlight the impact of climate change on mountain systems and glaciers – and the people who depend on them for water. We will start with a screening of Expedition Everest, the documentary that highlights the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition where dozens of scientists converge to investigate what secrets the world’s highest peak has to tell us about our changing climate. The notorious Khumbu Glacier is mapped in stunning detail, biologists study extreme lifeforms, and a team of Sherpas and climate scientists climb straight towards the “death zone” to install the highest weather station in the world.

The screening will be followed by an interview with Dr Tom Matthews, one of the scientists from the Everest Expedition.

The discussion will focus on: Why conducting science in the most extreme environments is important in understanding our changing world. What is happening at the roof of the world and critical, but vulnerable, “water towers”. How are local communities devising solutions to the impacts of climate change.

Dr Claire McNulty, the Europe lead for the National Geographic Society, will host the session and open the floor to audience questions.


Not without us! – Pathways to a gender just transition

List of speakers:
– Ndivile Mokoena, Gender CC Southern Africa
– Dunja Krause, UNRISD
– Melissa Moreano, Critical Geography Collective,
Ecuador (facilitator)
– Representative from South Asia

This event will debate the interlinkages between gender justice and just transition. How do lived experiences differ for women when it comes to the impacts of the climate crises and how do they deal with it? How can the coping mechanism developed by women in different sectors influence the just transition debates? Are current just transition debates taking into account care work and gender segregation in the labour market? And what would a gender just transition look like?

Just Transition is not only about the transfer of the energy sector to a fossil-free power production, it’s a just transition to a new form of society. Based on examples from Latin and Northern America, Africa and Asia, we will
delve into a debate about what kinds of just transitions hold the potential to achieve a social-ecological transformation and why changing the value of different kinds of work and sectors might be necessary in order to achieve low-carbon sustainable development. The examples will be illustrated by short film clips of local
stories from different regions.

This session will advance the understanding of the potential of a gender just transition and how it could lead to a higher level policy change and climate justice.


ClimateScience Olympiad 21 award ceremony with Jane Goodall | $10,000 prize for young climate solvers

Over 12,000 brilliant youth from all continents took part in the 2021 ClimateScience Olympiad to find solutions to climate change. Today, along with exciting keynotes from Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Renate Christ (fmr. Director of the IPCC), the three winning teams will be announced and receive their share of ClimateScience’s $10,000 prize pool.

ClimateScience (www.ClimateScience.org) is a global charity providing educational resources on solutions to climate change to millions of people worldwide via children’s books, teaching resources for schools, competitions like the ClimateScience Olympiad (https://climatescience.org/olympiad/), social media (https://www.instagram.com/climate_science/) , and animated videos on TV. All this is possible thanks to our incredible team of over 1,000 volunteers in over 30 countries.


Unlocking Climate Solutions: From the Pacific Islands to the Arctic, why Indigenous knowledge must take centre stage.

The Pacific Islands are under threat. Climate change has led to warmer waters, changing weather patterns, flooding and coral bleaching, and many islands are predicted to be lost to rising seas within our lifetime. Simultaneously, the Arctic is warming quicker than any other region on Earth and Arctic cultures are experiencing the devastating erosion of their land as ice caps continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Despite the vast geographical distance between the Arctic and Pacific Islands, it is striking that many of the challenges facing these communities as a consequence of the climate crisis are the same, yet both were largely ignored when they raised the alarm decades ago. It is now time for their voices to be heard.

One Young World, the global forum for young leaders, in collaboration with the British Museum and the Republic of Palau, is hosting an immersive panel at the Cinema Auditorium.The discussion will surround the symbiotic relationship between people and nature, highlighting the importance of amplifying and learning from the voices and work of Indigenous communities when it comes to the safeguarding of our natural world. Featuring speakers hailing from both Arctic and Pacific Island communities, this panel will serve to highlight the key learnings in adaptation and resilience from these two unique communities.


Feature Film: ‘The Salt In Our Waters’, an epic tale from Bangladesh’s climate frontlines – Certificate 15

Made with support from Director Spike Lee, ‘The Salt in Our Waters’ portrays an epic clash‐of cultures in a remote seaside village of Bangladesh, with the elemental conflict of land and sea, man and nature, serving as an interactive backdrop. What shines through the centre is filmmaker Rezwan Shahriar Sumit’s fascination with the bravery and devotion of the local Hilsha fishers. They are a people plagued by climate disruption, but not defined by it. The filmmaker invites everyone to experience the rich social diversity and cultural subtleties of their world rarely seen on the big screen.

The film features stunning monsoon visuals shot by Chananun Chotrungroj, a Spirit Award nominated Thai cinematographer. The film was edited by Academy Member Kristan Sprague whose latest film JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH was nominated for six Oscars,
including Best Picture.

After the screening, please join Sumit and his team for a LIVE discussion about the latest tragedy unfolding in the fishing village.

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For more information, please visit: saltwatersfilm.com


‘State of Earth’ Question Time

Building on the success of previous events held at the Birdfair festival at Rutland Wildlife Reserve in East Anglia, the ‘State of the Earth’ Question Time event will be chaired by Born Free Policy Advisor and Wildlife Advocate Dominic Dyer and will be based on the format of the BBC current affairs programme, with questions for the speaker panel being led by the audience.

Speakers include:

  • Deborah Meaden – Businesswoman and investor
  • Nada Farhoud – Environment Editor Daily Mirror
  • Craig Bennett – CEO Wildlife Trusts
  • Pen Farthing – CEO Nowzad
  • Will Travers OBE – Executive President Born Free

Younger Speakers:

  • James Miller – Writer film maker and campaigner
  • Bella Lack – Author campaigner and Youth Ambassador Born Free

The key focus of the event will be the importance of habitat, wildlife protection and animal welfare at home and abroad in a rapidly changing world where we face a growing climate emergency.

Key issues for discussion will include:

  • Population growth and growing demands on worlds natural resources leading to destruction of wildlife and habitats
  • Growing impact of climate change on natural world at home and aboard
  • The role of the media, broadcasters, writers, and film makers in promoting awareness of the threats to the natural world
  • The growing importance of animal welfare and recognition of animal suffering because of human actions
  • How can public pressure lead to political change when it comes to protecting wildlife, animals and the natural world
  • The growing threat from industrial livestock, farming and food production to the natural world
  • How can a younger generation be motivated to stand up for wildlife and the natural world
  • The role of education and science in nature conservation
  • The negative impact of the hunting and shooting industry on our native wildlife and landscapes at home & aboard
  • Is wildlife tourism sustainable or does it ultimately pose a threat to the natural world
  • The need to tackle wildlife crime at home as well as abroad
  • The growing threat to wildlife and landscapes from a huge increase in house building and major civil engineering projects like HS2
  • The new generation of environment campaigners and their impact (Greta Thunberg, School Climate Strikes, Extinction Rebellion)

The speaker panel for the event will bring together influencers, thought leaders and campaigners from business, journalism, wildlife conservation and animal welfare across the age generations.



World Leaders, Listen Up! Sky Kids Screening, plus Q&A with Steve Backshall: ‘COP26: In Your Hands’ and ‘Sharks Up Close’

Hear from kids around the globe in family-friendly Sky Kids screening of COP26: In Your Hands, and new Sky Kids series Sharks Up Close, with eco-alien OBKI and MC Grammar’s Wonder Raps, followed by a Q&A with Steve Backshall.


We cannot win on climate without winning on nature

Unilever will be hosting a film screening about action towards a nature positive, net zero world.

The event will explore a combination of solutions including the role of technology, use of data, engagement of people and partnerships.

This will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with 4-5 participants with a possible Q&A with the audience.


Hear from Steve Backshall and watch exclusive screening of ‘Shark with Steve Backshall’

Watch exclusive screening of new Sky Nature show Shark with Steve Backshall, a revelatory series that celebrates the wonder of sharks as a key part of keeping our oceans and planet healthy. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Steve Backshall.


Polar Net Zero

This interactive event challenges young people around the globe to think about the part they can play in creating a low carbon future.
By questioning world-leading experts who are developing sustainable solutions to reduce energy use at British Antarctic Survey research stations school children will learn how human ingenuity, creativity, and technology can help people live with and adapt to climate change. Its key message to students is ‘you can help ensure a greener, more resilient future for us all’.