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The Earth Convention - Consumers – Fast Fashion, Manufacturing and Plastics

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5x15 and Rathbones present the third event in the Earth Convention series which is all about consumers and manufacturing.

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2020 is the most critical year in the world’s response to climate change and the environment. The realities can no longer be ignored – from the Arctic to Australia, and our own changing weather patterns. If we are to tackle the issue every sector of society will have to play its part: energy, food, fashion, transport, finance. Why is it so hard for people to take steps towards solutions? Where does responsibility lie – with us, businesses or governments? What are the most effective things that we can do? And can we turn the pandemic into a defining moment in the fight against climate change? 2020 has been a year of crisis - but it could also be a year of opportunity.

To explore the issues 5x15 and Rathbones have teamed up to launch the Earth Convention – a series of online events bringing together world experts for online conversations this Autumn. We will be focusing on both the problems as well as the opportunities and the actions that we can all take.

The third event in our series is all about consumers and manufacturing. From palm oil to plastics and petrochemicals, our consumption patterns and the supply chains that feed them have immense impact on natural environments and biodiversity. How powerful is consumer choice in tackling climate change? What are the incentives for business to act? How are the stories around people and the environment shaped and how much information do consumers have about the products they buy and how they are made? What can the experience of dealing with Covid-19 tell us about the possibility of large-scale behaviour change and can we change the way we value the natural world around us?

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Dieter Helm is Fellow in Economics, New College, Oxford. He is also Professor of Energy Policy and Professorial Research Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He is the author of Natural Capital – a book about valuing the planet which makes hard-hitting recommendations for what must be done to manage global natural capital and reverse environmental destruction. His new book is Net Zero: How We Stop Causing Climate Change.

Lucy Siegle is a writer and broadcaster who has specialised in the environmental and social footprint of the global fashion industry. She is the author of To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World and Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (and you) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again. She exec-produced and appeared in The True Cost, the Netflix feature documentary on the fashion industry and she co-founded the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth. For 14 years she was a columnist at The Observer and on TV, Lucy reports for The One Show, BBC1. With the filmmaker Tom Mustill, Lucy created and co-hosts So Hot Right Now, a podcast for anyone interested in telling the story of nature and climate.

Steve Evans is Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability at Cambridge University. He leads research that seeks to deliver knowledge concerning sustainable change at scale, including programmes in sustainable business model innovation, system transformation, the limits of efficiency and sustainable policy making in developing countries. He spent 15 years in industry and has over 30 years of academic experience which includes working collaboratively around the globe.

Miatta Fahnbulleh is Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation and has a wealth of experience in developing and delivering policy to empower communities and change people’s lives. She has been at the forefront of generating new ideas on reshaping our economy inside government and out. Prior to joining NEF she was Director of Policy & Research at the Institute of Public Policy Research.

Chaired by Rosie Boycott – cross bench peer, food campaigner and co-founder 5x15.

About Rathbones

Responsible investing at Rathbone Investment Management. We see it as our responsibility to invest for everyone’s tomorrow. That means doing the right thing for our clients and for others too. Keeping the future in mind when we make decisions today. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy.

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