30.09.2021

No more greenwash! The One Planet Standard – a new way for organisations to tackle the nature and climate emergencies

Companies and organisations know that they have to do something but many don’t know where to start.

The One Planet Centre will be outlining the newly launched One Planet Standard. Conceived in Wales, but applicable throughout the UK and beyond, the Standard supports the ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 by helping organisations – large and small, public and private – to reduce their ecological footprint. Asking the questions ‘What power do you think you have to make change?’ and ‘how do we change our strategic and planning decisions for the better’ the highly interactive event will challenge the audience to think creatively and – ‘flipping the script’ – see things from a different perspective. The Standard is unique in that it works to effect culture change, capturing all the impacts of an organisation (including carbon) as well as those of its supply chain and its customers. It is a key component of good governance and does not allow ‘greenwash’ in so far as it is independently, and externally, assessed and encourages continuous improvement.
Speakers/Panel Members:
Sophie Howe (The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales)
Andrea Lewis Joint Deputy Leader Swansea Council
Cabinet Member – Climate Change & Service Transformation
Paul Bridle (CEO Assessment Services)
Jaco Marais (Partner The Good Governance Institute)
Sebastian Wood MD Whitby Wood Engineering Consultancy

Chaired by David Thorpe (Founder/Director) and Virginia Schumacher Isaac (Associate Director) The One Planet Centre

30.09.2021

Do What You Must – an immersive scenario session

Do What You Must uses immersive narrative and interactivity to introduce participants to climate risk considerations in an engaging way. It is a collaboration between critically- acclaimed digital studio Fast Familiar and neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer. The format – a blend of interactive discussion and digital ‘storytelling’ – is novel and engaging, and has resulted in articles in The Observer and New York Times.
A small group of participants take on the role of an advisory board to a North American ski conglomerate. Carefully crafted video ‘testimonies’ draw the audience into the scenario, equipping them with knowledge about the company – which, like all winter leisure providers, is severely affected by our changing climate. The participants review information and make decisions to safeguard the future of their fictional company. The activity’s bespoke control system alters the trajectory of the scenario in real time, in response to participant decisions. In a world full of uncertainty and competing values, how will they know the right thing to do?
Fast Familiar have created events in this format with partners as diverse as the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, NESTA and Chatham House. Do What You Must is a unique opportunity to rehearse adaptation and resilience in the face of climate risk. It has been developed with Professor Neville Morley, from Exeter University.
fastfamiliar.com | @fastfamiliar

30.09.2021

Do What You Must – an immersive scenario session

Do What You Must uses immersive narrative and interactivity to introduce participants to climate risk considerations in an engaging way. It is a collaboration between critically- acclaimed digital studio Fast Familiar and neuroscientist Dr Kris De Meyer. The format – a blend of interactive discussion and digital ‘storytelling’ – is novel and engaging, and has resulted in articles in The Observer and New York Times.
A small group of participants take on the role of an advisory board to a North American ski conglomerate. Carefully crafted video ‘testimonies’ draw the audience into the scenario, equipping them with knowledge about the company – which, like all winter leisure providers, is severely affected by our changing climate. The participants review information and make decisions to safeguard the future of their fictional company. The activity’s bespoke control system alters the trajectory of the scenario in real time, in response to participant decisions. In a world full of uncertainty and competing values, how will they know the right thing to do?
Fast Familiar have created events in this format with partners as diverse as the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, NESTA and Chatham House. Do What You Must is a unique opportunity to rehearse adaptation and resilience in the face of climate risk. It has been developed with Professor Neville Morley, from Exeter University.
fastfamiliar.com | @fastfamiliar

30.09.2021

Accelerating Electric Mobility with green jobs and gender parity

The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) will present a 90 minutes curated programme in the Panel Discussion at COP26 on “Accelerating Electric Mobility with green jobs and gender parity” featuring:

  • Kolkata’s success story on E- vehicles in public transport
  • Green Solutions for the city- Case study of New Town Rajarhat, satellite of Kolkata
  • Implementation of low price green vehicles- Job creation through electric rickshaws and toto rickshaws
  • Gender parity in e mobility
  • More inclusion of EVs in public transport- focusing on infrastructure
  • Financing of e-vehicles (including low price vehicles)

The Session will showcase possible journey to net zero in transport sector with an inclusive approach and creating opportunities of livelihood.

Success stories of E-Mobility in public transport (of Kolkata, India) and newer initiatives in its satellite city New Town, Rajarhat would be shared with possible models of scalability.

Case Stories of businesses’, in E-Mobility ecosystem, would be shared on introducing innovations, disrupting value chains, building partnerships, imparting skills and creating newer sets of opportunities in entrepreneurships and employments.
Offerings would be made on financial models including micro financing to enable the supply chain in the ecosystem which in turn will lead to livelihood generation.

The objective is to create an interactive session with audio visual demonstrations of real stories of achievements and pledges in E-Mobility.

The forum will also feature businesses of tomorrow across sectors committing to net zero with investments in technologies and products, carving out new markets and disruptions in business models.
Audience at the forum would also be involved in the proceedings with brainstorming among interest groups and voicing their thoughts on the concerned subject.

30.09.2021

Voices from the field – Participatory approaches of Climate Smart Agriculture practices (CSA), Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and indigenous Chakra systems

The event “Voices from the field”, organized by FAO, aims at highlighting the potential of community-based, bottom-up strategies in agriculture to implement and scale up climate change commitments. In particular, the event will showcase three approaches that leverage this potential: Farmer Field Schools (FFS), indigenous Chakra systems and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA).

Speakers will present practical on-the-ground experiences contributing to enhance climate resilience of the agri-food sector in Ecuador, India, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia, and will share lessons learned, opportunities and challenges.

An interactive discussion will encourage deeper reflection on the potential of FFS, indigenous systems and CSA as effective tools to promote community-based climate action and turn global and national commitments into concrete actions at the local and national levels.

The event targets policy makers, farmers’ organizations, NGOs, development practitioners and all actors involved on the ground.

The invited speakers are:

  • Ms Eularia Zulu, Farmer and Chairperson, Chongwe District Agribusiness Hub
  • Dr Petan Hamazakaza, Principal Research Officer, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute
  • Mr Lamine Diatta, Program Officer, Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU), Climate Change Division, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal
  • Mr Geovanny Enriquez, Coordinator CSA Cocoa Project, FAO Ecuador
  • Mr Vijay Kumar, Special Chief Secretary, Natural Farming, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Mr Damian Lubuva, Irrigation and Cooperative Officer (DAICO) at Mufindi District Agriculture office, Government of Tanzania
  • Ms Ceris Jones , Senior climate change adviser at the UK National Farmers Union, UNFCCC Focal Point for Farmers’ Constituency 
  • Ms Alimatou Badji, Agricultural Technician, Association for the Promotion of the Senegalese Woman (APROFES), Senegal 
  • Ms Tasila Banda, National Project Coordinator for the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP) and UNFCCC focal point
  • Event moderated by: Mr Martial Bernoux, Natural Resources Officer, FAO

Promoting community-based approaches is crucial to finding concrete, adapted and sustainable solutions to climate change in the agriculture sector because it enables integrating scientific insights into local knowledge systems, and empowering local actors to take the lead role in improving their production systems.

30.09.2021

Generation Rebellion: the power of intergenerational activism. A film screening and workshop with East London women

Generation Rebellion is an intergenerational exploration of climate activism.

“I would like to tell all the young people: have hope!” (Older participant)

Join us to explore how it feels to be an activist and what it means to take action. Navigate the everyday feelings and challenges of climate activism and encounter fresh perspectives with a dynamic, intergenerational group of female panellists and creators.

For those wondering what happens when you run out of ideas – a dose of encouragement

For those feeling weighed down – an injection of energy

Since January 2020, Magic Me has worked with younger and older women from East London to explore what climate activism means to them. We now present an informal workshop, film screening and Q&A with the women aged 12 – 80+ behind the film.

Come along to meet the group via live video link and explore the challenges we face as climate activists of all ages. Take part in an activity and discussion facilitated by theatre-maker Sue Mayo and climate activist Maz Morris and help us in our quest to discover solutions, drawing wisdom from each other and from the wide-ranging perspectives of this group of women from East London. We aren’t experts, and we can’t solve this crisis alone, but we do know how important it is to work together!

Generation Rebellion is run by Magic Me; an arts charity uniting generations to build stronger communities by pioneering intergenerational arts practices that disrupt perceptions of ageing. Generation Rebellion is in partnership with Mulberry School for Girls, and builds on our long history of projects reflecting on women’s history, lives and futures.

30.09.2021

Walk in Beauty: Future Dreaming through Indigenous Knowledges and Western Science

The Groundswell Climate Collective and the Center for Emergent Diplomacy are co-facilitating an interactive workshop that speaks to the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for surviving in the near-term future in harmony with our Living Systems. Working together with workshop attendees, we introduce Indigenous Knowledges, Futurisms, and the “Adjacent Possible” solutions waiting to be discovered, offering resilience in the face of paralyzing complexity and rapidly expanding global warming.

This participatory workshop is designed as a collaborative dialogue with attendees. We will explore ideas, strategies, and practices, based on a combination of Indigenous knowledges and Western science, that can transform thinking about future worlds that are radically shifting and changing due to the climate crisis.

Lead presenters for this workshop are:

Merle Lefkoff, PhD (she/her)– Founding Director of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy, who will speak about a new project and “Playbook” that trains emerging grass-roots community leaders to facilitate local dialogues for preparing to live peacefully and sustainably together in an altered world.

Mary Roessel, MD (she/her)– Navajo Psychiatrist, American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees- will share the immense value, power, and resilience of Indigenous Knowledges and ways of being. Indigenous Peoples have expansive and diverse lived experiences that can offer support in addressing the climate crisis with hope and resilience.

Joe Neidhardt, MD (he/him) – Psychiatrist, Founder Groundswell Climate Collective – will speak to the importance of Indigenous voices and Traditional Ecological Knowledges in combatting the complexities of the climate crisis. His extensive experience working and speaking with Indigenous communities around the world illuminate that these knowledges must lead our way forward. Nicole Neidhardt, MFA (she/her)– Navajo Artist, Founder Groundswell Climate Collective – will share an Indigenous Futurist lens through art and activism to illustrate the critical need for Indigenous future thinking in subverting colonial power structures that have led to the climate crisis.

30.09.2021

Poets for the Planet and Imperial College London present Earthsong: science-inspired poetry against climate change

Award-winning poets and spoken word artists from around the world have been matched with researchers from Imperial College London and beyond studying the causes, effects of, and solutions to climate change. In a mixture of exciting live performances and subtitled recordings, they’ll present poetry in a range of languages, with time for questions and answers from the live performers afterwards. The result will be a cross-cultural feast of poetry and science, investigating the danger our natural and human landscapes are facing across the globe and what we can do about it.

Poets: Santiago Acosta, Adnan Al-Sayegh and Jenny Lewis, Luca Bernardini, Annsh Chawla, Moya De Feyter, Harry Josephine Giles, Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, Robin Lamboll, Yang Lian, Ian McLachlan, Jérôme Pinel, Pieta Poeta, Jacqueline Saphra, Marvin Thompson, Anton Trubaïchuk, Debra Watson, Tamar Yoseloff, Sindiswa Zulu.

Poets for the Planet is a community of kindred poets, performers, artists and creative activists raising their voices to engage with climate and ecological emergency through poetry in all its forms.

Website: poetsfortheplanet.org
Facebook/Instagram/YouTube: @poetsfortheplanet
Twitter: @poets4theplanet

The Grantham Institute at Imperial College London provides world-class research, training and innovation towards effective action on climate change and the environment.

Website: imperial.ac.uk/grantham
Twitter: @Grantham_IC