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8 Sustainability Speakers To Help You Make A Difference

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From the scary take-homes from last week’s IPCC report, to harrowing images of plastics in the oceans, sustainability is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Even in the last 5 years, the global problems relating to carbon emissions have soared beyond predictions, and the amount of waste we produce is at record levels. The Paris Agreement set a target of no more than 2°C increase, but we are already set to hit 1.5°C within 10 years. Our planet simply cannot sustain our current habits.

When the statistics are daunting, and the images look like they have been lifted from a dystopian blockbuster rather than the world right outside our doors, it can be hard to understand what we can do on a personal level. We know that the environment needs our attention, and we know that sustainability is a key word in the targets of many businesses and policies. But what does it really mean?

Often the best way to learn more about a topic is to listen to a captivating speaker tell a story. In light of the huge environmental challenges the world is facing, we have rounded up 8 amazing speakers who interact with the theme of sustainability. Their stories work to transform environmental apathy, and while no two speakers are the same, their prevalence only enhances how widespread sustainability is as an issue.
 

Nicholas Stern

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Economist and keynote speaker, Lord Nicholas Stern made headlines around the world when he published the ‘Stern Review’ on the economic impact of climate change. He knows that sometimes, people need to hear about the financial implications to truly visualise the severity of a situation. 

Having lectured at Cambridge and LSE, you can trust Lord Stern’s ability to captivate an audience and speak from a fountain of specialist knowledge. 

 
Tim Smit 

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Tim is the co-founder and vice chairman of the Eden Project in Cornwall. Like the Eden Project itself, Tim’s keynotes are all about innovation, creativity and sustainability. His inspiring ideas are applicable to large-scale projects as well as the home and garden and are a great way of encouraging an audience to start off with small steps towards sustainability at home. 


Tony Juniper

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For more than 25 years, Tony has worked for change towards a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. He has held roles including Special Advisor with the Prince’s Charities International Sustainability and a Fellowship at the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership. (It’s a lot, we know!) 

Tony knows his stuff – even Prince Charles wanted to co-author a book (Climate Change: A Ladybird Expert Book, 2017) with him!
 

Lewis Pugh

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As well as being the only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean, Lewis is also a sustainability advocate. Having lived (and swam) through the repercussions of climate change, Lewis has a strong voice in the realm of conservation. He even helped to negotiate a protected area of Antarctica!

As a speaker, Lewis is a vivid storyteller who enthralls his audience with vital messages to help businesses at every level to survive and thrive.
 

Lucy Siegle

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Presenter for The One Show and columnist for The Observer, Lucy offers a unique perspective on environmental issues and ethical consumption. Admirably, she is devoted to widening the appeal of these issues and can offer tangible suggestions for people to help on an individual basis. 


Charles Secrett

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Leading sustainability advocate, Charles is the ideal speaker for all things green! He works with environmental groups around the world to promote a wide range of environmental issues.

So, whether you want to hear more about climate change, biotechnology, sustainable city development, energy, forestry, agriculture, transport or resource management… Charles is the speaker for you!
 

Christiana Figueres

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The top UN authority on Global Climate Change. Christiana has already done so much – including solidifying the Paris Climate Agreement that we hear about so frequently in the media.

Christiana’s unbeatable experience makes her an authoritative speaker on the topic of sustainability, who will leave audiences better-informed and inspired to make positive changes.
 

Ellen MacArthur 

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Last, but certainly not least! Dame Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005 when she became the fastest sailor to circumnavigate the globe (the grueling voyage took 94 days!) During her trip, she became acutely aware of the finite nature of the natural resources we all rely on. Not one to sit still, Ellen then set up the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Her story both inspires and motivates audiences, making her the ideal speaker to increase the profile of sustainability issues.

 

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