Climate Action Lab II [online]

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Thu 02Jul
Fri 03Jul

Practical Steps to Support a Thriving Planet: A Virtual Lab

Facilitator: Hawkwood Team with Mike Berners-Lee

How do we really change our current behaviour?
How can we introduce new systems into our organisations?

This extraordinary time of global lockdown has brought to light the necessity to create systems, organisations and lifestyles that harmonise with the natural world – without exception. What comes next, how do we #BuildBackBetter?

This live virtual action lab will create the space to re-imagine the ways in which we can limit our impact on our planetary resources in the decade ahead.

This conference will be delivered via Zoom and streamed live online as part of the Gift Economy – meaning you can join without charge. Donations welcome!

Event time: Thu 2nd Jul 2020 at 9:30am - Fri 3rd Jul 2020 at 1:30pm

How can we limit our impact on planetary resources?

Find a renewed sense of purpose with this collaborative journey. Take some time to create and refine your climate action plan. You will be informed and inspired to combat bigger questions based around climate change. It is time, right now, to take action.

What comes next, how do we #BuildBackBetter?

Confirmed special guests so far: Mike Berners-Lee (There is No Planet B), Mike Barry , Juliet Davenport (Good Energy), Natalie Fee (City to Sea), Michael Weatherhead (Wellbeing Economy Alliance), Helle Abelvik-Lawson (Greenpeace UK) & Ruth Strange (Ethical Consumer).

Link to the programme: Click here.

At a glance

  • An extraordinary opportunity to be inspired by remarkable thought leaders and organisations who are working to protect our planet
  • Create or develop your own tailor-made 10 point climate action plan for your organisation – this off course would inevitably lead you to reconsider the patterns and behaviours in your personal life
  • Suitable for organisations, business or individuals a like.

What you will gain

  • In-depth insight into how you can drive positive change to protect our planet
  • A support network of like-minded individuals who will be on the journey
  • An opportunity to gain insight and collaborate with exceptional thought-leaders and do-ers

We will draw from the experience of the thought-leaders and special guests that have been invited with the purpose that their journeys might re-ignite the power of our imagination, and give us the ground we need to get immediately practical about climate change.

Finally, here is the programme! Click here.

Price Options

£Gift Economy Registration

Practical Information

The course will be held in real time with the tutors via the Zoom platform. Sign up to this platform is free. You will need a laptop, computer, tablet or a smartphone – with an in-built camera and microphone – and a reliable internet connection. We will provide more information and joining instructions in advance of the first session.

This conference will be delivered via Zoom and streamed live online as part of the Gift Economy – you can give what you feel inspired to gift and what you feel you are able to give rather than what you feel you "should" gift.

Here is the link to make your gift/donation:

Mike Berners-Lee

Mike is an English researcher and writer on greenhouse gases. He is a professor and fellow of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University and director and principal consultant of Small World Consulting, based in the Lancaster Environment Centre at the university. His books include How Bad are Bananas. The Burning Question and There Is No Planet B.

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Juliet Davenport

Juliet is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy – a renewable energy company with a mission to power a greener, cleaner future together with its customers. Juliet has continuously led innovation in the energy sector and in 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables. In June 2015 Juliet was appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council and most recently to the board of Innovate UK. Juliet has various scholastic credentials with academic organisations, including University of Wales, Imperial College, Bristol University, Birkbeck and LSE, where she has various roles and accolades, with the ambition of influencing the next generation to think about the energy transition and our low carbon future. Juliet sits on the advisory boards for Aurora, Oxford Energy and is a member of the Powerful Women’s Energy Leaders Coalition.

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Mike Barry

Mike is a change agent, committed to helping business big and small, new and established to prepare for and succeed in the great sustainability disruption that will wash through the economy in the 2020s. Mike was until recently Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer, spearheading its ground-breaking Plan A (because there is no Plan B for the one planet we have) sustainability programme. He co-chaired the Consumer Goods Forum’s sustainability work bringing the world’s largest retailers and fast moving consumer goods brands together to work on issues such as deforestation, plastics and forced labour. He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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Natalie Fee

Natalie is an award-winning campaigner, author of 'How to Save the World for Free' and founder of plastic pollution campaign group, City to Sea.
In 2019 Natalie won the Sunday Times Volvo Visionaries Award for her campaign work with City to Sea, and in 2018 she was listed as one of the UK’s ‘50 New Radicals’ by The Observer / Nesta. In the same year the University of the West of England awarded her the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of her services to the environment. She won the Sheila McKechnie Award for Environmental Justice in 2017 for City to Sea’s #SwitchtheStick campaign and is proud to have been named Bristol 24/7’s Woman of the Year for 2018. Natalie also sits on the Bristol Advisory Committee for Climate Change.

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Helle Abelvik-Lawson

Helle Abelvik-Lawson is a research communications professional covering climate change and human rights. She has a PhD in Indigenous peoples' rights to environmental participation particularly in mining projects in South America and currently works at Greenpeace UK. There she writes, edits and publishes writing on everything from the politics, economics and science behind climate change to how to make lifestyle changes for securing a green and peaceful future.

Michael Weatherhead

Michael is the Organisation and Projects lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. He now splits his time between Glasgow and the Lake District – both excellent locations for his wellbeing – having previously been based in South Africa and Spain where he was international director of the consulting arm of NEF. He holds post-grad qualifications in economics and organisational development and loves blending rigorous analysis with innovative approaches to opening up learning spaces and finding solutions.

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Ruth Strange

Ruth is a researcher and writer at Ethical Consumer, which with its website, magazine and consultancy work helps consumers to shop ethically, campaigners to challenge corporate power and businesses to improve their supply chain.
Through Ethical Consumer, Ruth also worked on the Lush Spring Prize for its first three years, celebrating projects around the world that are working towards environmental and social regeneration.
She is inspired by the desire for change that the COVID-19 crisis has unleashed - but aware that positive changes won't happen unless we can maintain this new level of determination to shift the terrain, and confront the forces which would have us return to the 'normal' that was causing so much damage.

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"...truly eye-opening and not only did we leave feeling full from the delicious food served for lunch but also inspired to make positive changes as a business and as individuals."

"...extremely informative, and a really good opportunity to meet and share experiences with other like-minded people from all sorts of backgrounds."​

"Thank you so much for the most incredible, thought-provoking, inspiring and positive 3 days at Hawkwood on the Climate Action Lab"