The Climate & Ecological Emergency: Taking Action Together

13 November, 2020

Lancaster, United Kingdom
Has your organisation declared a Climate (and Ecological) Emergency, committing to radically reduce its emissions and improve biodiversity by 2030? Are you a concerned activist or organisation focussed on ensuring the necessary climate action is taken in your locality? This online conference explores how councils, other public organisations, businesses, charities and communities can all work together to develop radical Action Plans to deliver on these commitments. For individuals, there are lots of sessions on how you can get involved and actions you can take either individually or collectively, in action groups or with your local councils

The Climate & Ecological Emergency: Taking Action Together


This online conference will explore how councils, other public organisations, businesses, charities and communities can all work together to develop radical Action Plans to deliver on these commitments.


We'll showcase current best practice and new ideas from across sectors. We’ll provide examples of the most effective Actions Plans and launch a new checklist to help you develop yours. We’ll focus not only on what councils and other organisations can achieve directly, but also on how they can involve others in the locality, utilising their skills and influencing them to take action. 

 

Our first Conference was held at Lancaster Town Hall in March 2019, and was attended by 200+ Councillors, local authority officers, business leaders, educators, activists, young people, faith groups, health professionals and many others from all over the country. This year we are taking it online!


November 13 marks two years of Climate Emergency Declarations made by Councils in the UK, starting with Bristol. To date 300 UK Local Authorities (75%) have declared a 'Climate (and in some cases Ecological) Emergency, alongside more than 20 universities and a variety of other organisations including health authorities, professional bodies and the UK Parliament.


While the UK Government has said it will go carbon zero by 2050, many of these local declarations are leading the way, aiming for 2030 or earlier. As FutureGov reminds us: "Our public institutions are uniquely positioned to be catalysts for change. In the climate era, as we face one of the most challenging decades of our time, let’s use the full power of councils to strengthen our local communities and create a true sense of place and purpose."


Engaging communities is at the heart of change and is a central focus of the Conference. We will showcase examples of how to inspire, involve, educate and inform, building truly transformative climate action. 

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The Climate & Ecological Emergency: Taking Action Together

Lancaster, United Kingdom

Speakers


Cllr. Carla Denyer
Cllr. Kevin Frea
Martin O'Brien
Paul Allen
Diane Neville
Paul Chadwick
Phil Brennan
Ben Lennon
Kate Gilmartin
Cllr. Gina Dowding
Susanna Dart
Sandra Bell
Caroline Jackson
Gary Smith
Jonathan Atkinson
Elliott Grimshaw
Andrew Simms
Margaret Hender
Cara Jenkinson
Magnus P. Wåhlin
Rachel Coxcoon
Judy Ling Wong
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Laura D’Henin
Jeana Malhi
Peter Bryant
Sally Barnard
Fiona Frank
 Dr Lingxuan Liu
Prof. Piran White
Dr. Alona Armstrong
Anna Clayton
David Kennedy
Charlotte Banks
Cllr. Scott Patient
Cllr. Simon Pickering
Peter Lefort
Alex Minshull
Prof. Nigel Watson
Emily Tulloh
Kathy Beaton
James Sommerville
Revd Canon Professor John Rodwell
Tony Bosworth
Dr. Hayley Pinto
Stuart Roberts
Amanda Smith
Anthony Hurford
Dr. Anna Bullen
Stefan Webb
Nicky Saunter
Dr Muzammal Hussain
Andy Lester
Cllr. Tom Hayes
Rod Everett
Chris Church
Neil Heseltine
Adam Briggs
Lizzie Emmitt
Terena Plowright
Dr. Rod Everett
Louise Crow
David Cowley
Karl Harder
Teresa O’Hare
Jodie Giles
Alastair Mumford
David Lewis
Dan Stone
Hannah Bartram
Lois Hurst
Paul Fleming
 Ellen Pearce
 Lizzie Emmett

Agenda



Stages
Main Hall (Local Authorities)

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Opening Session

10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
Cllr. Carla Denyer
Cllr. Kevin Frea
Paul Allen
Margaret Hender
Judy Ling Wong
Dr. Hayley Pinto
Stuart Roberts

Transition

10:55 AM - 11:00 AM

Working together to understand and overcome barriers to reaching net zero: Part One

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Paul Allen
Amanda Smith
Anthony Hurford
Dr. Anna Bullen

Occupancy : 26 / 150

Transition

11:40 AM - 11:45 AM

21st century governance: principles for responding to the climate emergency

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
Prof. Nigel Watson
Emily Tulloh
Stefan Webb

Transition

12:25 PM - 12:30 PM

Lessons from Lockdown

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Andrew Simms
Nicky Saunter

Transition

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch break

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Blueprint: What we need from Government

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Sandra Bell
Cara Jenkinson
Hannah Bartram

Transition

2:40 PM - 2:45 PM

Carbon Literacy Training - a transformative action programme

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM
Phil Brennan
Rachel Coxcoon

Transition

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Working together to understand and overcome barriers to reaching net zero: Part Two

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Paul Allen
Amanda Smith
Anthony Hurford
Dr. Anna Bullen

World Cafe - A Structure for Change

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Terena Plowright Terena Plowright
Room One (Engaging Communities)

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Transition

10:55 AM - 11:00 AM

Engaging multicultural voices in Climate Action – what can councils do?

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Judy Ling Wong
Fiona Frank

Transition

11:40 AM - 11:45 AM

Faith Groups

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Revd Canon Professor John Rodwell
Dr Muzammal Hussain
Andy Lester

Transition

12:25 PM - 12:30 PM

Give your council the authority to act!

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Laura D’Henin
Jeana Malhi

Transition

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch break

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Citizen’s Juries & Assemblies

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Peter Bryant
Cllr. Tom Hayes

Transition

2:40 PM - 2:45 PM

Engaging with your local council

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM
Sandra Bell
Tony Bosworth

Transition

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Citizen scrutiny of Action Plans

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Sally Barnard
Chris Church
Paul Fleming

Open Space - Local Action Towards COP26

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Chris Church Chris Church
Room Two (Food & Ecology)

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Transition

10:55 AM - 11:00 AM

Transition

11:40 AM - 11:45 AM

The Transformative potential of urban greening and food growing

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
 Dr Lingxuan Liu Dr Lingxuan Liu

Transition

12:25 PM - 12:30 PM

The Greening Campaign

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Terena Plowright Terena Plowright

Transition

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch break

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Managing solar parks for nature

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Prof. Piran White
Dr. Alona Armstrong

Transition

2:40 PM - 2:45 PM

Sustainable Food Places

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM
Anna Clayton
 Ellen Pearce

Transition

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Natural Flood Management -

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
David Kennedy
Dr. Rod Everett
Room 3 (Action Plans)

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Transition

10:55 AM - 11:00 AM

So you’ve declared a Climate Emergency. What next?

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Charlotte Banks Charlotte Banks

Transition

11:40 AM - 11:45 AM

Action Plans: London & Metropolitan

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
Martin O'Brien
Paul Chadwick
Cllr. Scott Patient

Transition

12:25 PM - 12:30 PM

Action Plans: Unitary & District

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Cllr. Simon Pickering
Peter Lefort
Alex Minshull

Transition

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch break

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

New tools to help you to develop your Action Plan

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Cllr. Kevin Frea
Susanna Dart
Sandra Bell
Tony Bosworth
Louise Crow

Transition

2:40 PM - 2:45 PM

Resilient Coastal Communities

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM
Teresa O’Hare Teresa O’Hare

Transition

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Local authorities – Motivation, Drivers and Decisions; the processes needed to deliver carbon targets

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Kate Gilmartin
Emily Tulloh
David Cowley
Karl Harder
Room 4 (Practical Actions)

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Transition

10:55 AM - 11:00 AM

Community Led Housing

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Caroline Jackson
Kathy Beaton
Lois Hurst

Transition

11:40 AM - 11:45 AM

Low carbon enablers – working with communities to deliver carbon targets

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
Kate Gilmartin
Jodie Giles
Alastair Mumford
David Lewis

Transition

12:25 PM - 12:30 PM

Retrofit and Green Homes Grant

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM
Jonathan Atkinson
James Sommerville

Transition

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch break

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

The role of planning in delivering climate action

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM
Diane Neville
Dan Stone

Transition

2:40 PM - 2:45 PM

Taking action on travel & air quality

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM
Elliott Grimshaw
Andrew Simms

Transition

3:25 PM - 3:30 PM

Divestment

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Ben Lennon
Cllr. Gina Dowding
Room 5 (Help Desk)

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Help Desk

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cllr. Kevin Frea
Susanna Dart
Fiona Frank