After COP 26, where to next?

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Celebrating RCE London's 10th Anniversary with a series of webinars entitled 'Sustainability and Beyond'

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RCE London is celebrating the 10th year since it was endorsed and admitted to the global RCE network (Regional Centre of Expertise for Education for Sustainable Development ) by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).

RCE London is marking this milestone year with a webinar series entitled 'Sustainability and Beyond' with the emphasis on an eclectic mix of themes around the Sustainable Development Goals.

Each webinar will be presented virtually by a member(s) of RCE London and there will be time for discussion & questions. The series Chair is Ros Wade, Emeritus Professor, LSBU and Chair of RCE London. The series is hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU) and have been curated in co-operation with the LSBU Sustainability Research Group. You will receive the joining instructions 3 days before each webinar takes place.

After COP 26, where to next?

The initial media impact of COPT 26 will have passed and the interest that this event will have fostered will be replaced with the realisation that climate change really is an existential event that out-scales any outcomes of the COP. As a global society we continually underestimate the state of the planet and those with political and economic power haven’t faced the future honestly. We are all involved in a planet sized action project but how will people be organised to ‘do their bit’? Will the United Nations become the ‘project earth director’ and how will our current structures of action and accountability need to change to effect remedial action – taking us all forward within the political tectonic plates of liberal democracies and totalitarian governance. We're pleased to welcome guest speakers, sustainability & climate experts Bevan Jones and Ana Romero. The session will be led by Alan Winter and Lynn Vickery, reflecting on the mood post COP26 and the emerging players and processes that are likely to make a difference.

Speaker biographies

Bevan Jones is a climate and sustainability expert with over 17 years experience in climate resilience, net zero strategy and client sustainability advice. He has worked across multiple sectors for clients within the financial, construction, political and real estate sectors delivering reports and strategy aimed at reducing carbon and increasing resilience of client businesses and operations. He is the author of Climate Risks for London, a report on behalf of the Green Party collating climate risk research and the impact on London in terms of key social and physical infrastructure. He has a track record in climate disclosure with FTSE and Blue Chip organisations authoring Santander’s TCFD report and assisting Crest Nicholson in the development of their annual integrated report. Bevan is an Associate Director within Turner & Townsend’s Sustainability Advisory Division.

Ana Romero is the Head of Sustainability in Wellington College, where she also coordinates and is a tutor in the area of Global Education. Ana has worked for many years in the area of sustainability and climate change, attending the international climate negotiations of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since the Conference of the Parties (COP) 14 in Poznan, Poland. Ana has been collaborating since COP25 with the official Mexican delegation attending the COPs as a senior advisor. Her focus areas have been the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (CPPB) and Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) and the lead up to COP26.

Before joining Wellington College, Ana worked for many years as an advisor to local governments in Latin America and an environmental expert for international NGOs in the field of environment, climate change, and global citizenship. She recently led the UK-PACT sponsored research project "Support the Mexican Federal Government transition to continue the implementation of the Paris Agreement" for Fundación Pensar. Ana has a great interest in supporting local and global environmental initiatives that aim to improve the environment and benefit communities worldwide. She is an active member at the Crowthorne Reduce Our Waste (CROW), a local organisation that seeks to reduce the use of plastic; she leads the Berkshire Schools EcoNetwork (BSEN), a network of private and public schools that supports students to lead transformative actions in benefit of their communities. Ana is a lead representative at the United Kingdom Schools Sustainability Network (UKSSN), a growing network of school eco-committees from the U.K. and beyond working together on campaigns and initiatives to tackle the climate and ecological crises. She is a trustee at the organisation Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEEd), which works to promote education for sustainable development.

Ana is originally from Mexico, and she has lived abroad for more than 25 years. She holds a B.A. degree in International Politics from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and a M.Sc. degree in International Environmental Sciences from Lund

Anna Markova is the Trades Union Congress’s co-lead on Climate and Industry. Anna has also worked on climate and industrial policy and economics for the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Unison, Friends of the Earth, and more, as a consultant with Transition Economics.

Dr Alan Winter (EdD BA MA FCIH) is a retired university lecturer, having taught on the Housing courses at London South Bank University for 27 years, and has been a member of the Management Group of the London RCE since 2017. A former housing association board member, county councillor and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Alan remains active in local politics and voluntary work in Berkshire. His research interests include education for sustainability, social housing and housing association governance. Alan is an allotment holder and genealogist; he is also a season ticket holder at Crystal Palace.

Lynn Vickery is a Visiting Fellow at London South Bank University following a number of years as a senior lecturer in housing studies and housing-based research for the public and private sector and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Prior to entering academic life, Lynn’s career was in in local government and housing association work in London and was also the chair of a homelessness and housing charity in East London.

Since retirement , Lynn has continued to advise housing-based charities in London and is responsible for the monitoring of charitable funding for sixteen organisations (2021). Lynn is currently the Co-ordinator of the London Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development and a member of LSBU’s sustainability research group.

During her teaching career and in governance roles Lynn is keenly aware that practitioners are often trying their best to bring sustainability up the agenda, but that leadership must come from those held responsible for governance and government to create the mechanisms that literally ‘change the world’ , whilst all parties continue to ensure that democratic ideals are maintained.

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You can check out the full timetable of the webinar series below and sign up for each webinar here.

30 Sept 2021 - Art, Nature and Sustainability

25 Nov 2021 - Story telling, documenting, inspiring

27 Jan 2022 - Biodiversity

10 Feb 2022 - Education for Sustainable Development: past, present and future

24 Feb 2022 - After COP 26, where to next?

You can watch the previous webinars here.

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