The future is in our lands

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Chancellors' Building, Room 1.11

University of Bath

Claverton Down

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This event is part of 'The Future is in Our Lands' IPR Public Lecture series.

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Too often we talk about the “climate crisis” and the “ecological emergency” as if they are separate issues. But in reality, they are both symptoms of the same problem, and plenty of the solutions needed to fix one will help address the other. So what does this mean for the future of our land and landscape here in the UK?

In this talk, Craig Bennett (Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth) will explore how doubling tree cover; restoring peat bogs, wetlands and functioning ecosystems; and putting nature back into our towns and cities is essential for solving the climate and ecological emergency. And, how it might be good for people’s health and wellbeing too.

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Craig Bennett is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Friends of the Earth and Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

He has been described as “one of the country’s top environmental campaigners” and by The Guardian as “very model of a modern eco-general”. He has been listed as one of the UK’s top “social media CEOs” and in June 2019 was identified by Onalytica, the influencer marketing company, as the “top influencer driving the debate around sustainability and financial services”.

Craig started as CEO of Friends of the Earth in 2015, following five years as Director of Policy and Campaigns. Under Craig's leadership, Friends of the Earth has led the fight against fracking, the reversal of bee population decline, and campaigned for clean air. As CEO he is shaping Friends of the Earth up as an organisation fit to fight the environmental challenges of the new century, with a focus on grass-roots campaigning.

Prior to this, Craig was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (from 2007 to 2010), where he built the group into one of the most influential and progressive business voices in the international climate debate.

Craig is Chair of the Sustainability and Resilience customer challenge panel for the Anglian Water region (established as part of the OFWAT price review process) and was formerly a member of the Net Positive Board Advisory Panel for Kingfisher plc. From 2013-2015, he was Chair of the Board of Stakeholder Forum.

He is a regularly appears in the broadcast media, and has had many articles printed in national newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent and Huffington Post. He is a regular columnist and a member of the advisory board for BusinessGreen.

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Chancellors' Building, Room 1.11

University of Bath

Claverton Down

Bath

BA2 7AY

United Kingdom

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