Making it count: a year of UK leadership for climate and nature

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A day of virtual sessions on action to tackle the climate and nature crises in 2021, hosted by Green Alliance

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We are delighted that COP President the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP will be delivering a keynote speech as part of the event at 3.30pm.

This event is being supported by a range of civil society and business groups, including The Climate Coalition, Aldersgate Group, the APPG for the environment, Wildlife and Countryside Link and Coalition for Global Prosperity.


9.00 – 9.15am: Welcome and introduction: Chris Venables incl. pre-recorded opening remarks from Sir Keir Starmer MP, Lord Zac Goldsmith, and Roseanna Cunningham MSP

9.15 – 10.05am: Panel: What has 2020 meant for climate and nature action?

- Charlie Ogilvie, strategy director, COP26 Unit (Cabinet Office)

- Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-founder, Club of Rome

- Jessie Nicholls, strategic communications manager, European Climate Foundation

- Chair: Chaitanya Kumar, head of environment, New Economics Foundation

10.05 – 10.15am: break

10.15 – 11.05am: Panel: Do we have the leadership we need for a sustainable global economic recovery?

- Adrienne Buller, senior research fellow, Common Wealth

- John Roome, regional director, south Asia sustainable development, World Bank

- Thomas Lingard, global sustainability director – climate & environment, Unilever

- Chair: Leslie Hook, environment and clean energy correspondent, FT

11.05am – 12.15pm: Break

12.15pm – 12.55pm: In conversation: The challenge for Glasgow: can the 2021 UN climate summit kick off a decade of UK climate leadership?

- Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, shadow secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy

- Belinda Gordon, strategy director, Green Alliance

12.55 – 1.15pm: Break

1.15 – 2.05pm: How can we ensure fairness and inclusion are at the heart of environmental action in 2021?

- Nikita Mistry, civil society engagement lead, COP26 Unit

- Tasneem Essop, director, Climate Action Network International


- Chair: Meg Trethewey, head of programmes, Conservative Environment Network

2.05 – 3.30pm: Break

3.30 – 4.00pm: Keynote address: A Year of UK Leadership for Climate and Nature

- Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, COP president

Followed by questions from:

- Holly Gillibrand, youth climate activist and campaigner

- Aryaana Khan, Alliance for Climate Education

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