8 Sustainability Speakers To Help You Make A Difference

17 October 2018

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.

Tessa Clarke

Tessa Clarke is the Co-Founder & CEO of OLIO, the world’s only neighbour-to-neighbour food sharing app, with over 2.5 million users worldwide. In her talks she shares what it's like to launch a start-up business while looking after a young family, what a 'remote-first' business looks like, how to create a truly inclusive culture in the workplace.

Sir Tim Smit KBE

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.

Ellen MacArthur 

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.

Paul Rose

A prolific TV presenter, experienced diver and polar expert, Paul Rose is at the cutting-edge  of nature exploration. He was the Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, and his successful and challenging career has taken him on global explorations, science support trips and mountaineering and diving missions.

Lucy Siegle

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.

Lewis Pugh

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.

Gabrielle Walker

Gabrielle Walker is a strategist, writer and broadcaster who works with businesses to address global challenges, with a particular focus on sustainability, energy, mobility, finance, land-use, plastics and the circular economy, and climate change.

Gabrielle’s work has seen her make over a dozen trips to both North and South poles. She has also climbed trees in the Amazon, been sneezed on by a whale, extracted lava from an active volcano, swum amongst piranhas, and experienced zero gravity.

Tony Juniper

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!

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