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The future of the planet - in whose hands?
Thu 6 April 2017, 18:00 – 22:00 BST
Join our host, BBC News Science Editor David Shukman, and four specialist speakers on April 6th to decide who holds the future of the planet in their hands.
Confirmed speakers: BBC News Science Editor David Shukman, Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack, conservationist and biologist Ian Redmond, Global Sustainability Leader at PwC, Malcolm Preston and CEO of Carbon Tracker Initiative, Anthony Hobley.
When: Thursday 6th April, 7pm (bar opens 6pm)
Where: Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR.
The venue has accessible features for visitors including lifts and seating designed for wheelchairs users, For more information please see here.
Cost: Free. Suggested £5 donation.
Can’t make it? Watch online here from 6:55pm on April 6th and put your questions to the speakers on Twitter @Earthwatch_eur #EWdebate
Population growth, the over-exploitation of natural resources and climate change are literally costing us our Earth. The Living Planet Index (2016) predicts a decline in wildlife populations of two-thirds by 2020, unless we take action now.
Although there are roles to be played by government, business, investors and the public - who potentially holds the balance of power? Which sector of society could do more to protect, preserve our most precious resources?
Leading BBC News correspondent David Shukman will be chairing the debate about which sector holds the real power to address the biggest challenges we have ever faced and you will vote for who holds the key to the planet’s future.
- Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack, is representing government in this sustainability debate. Amelia says, “Only through a green political movement which encompass social, environmental and economical change can we move towards a truly sustainable society”. Read more from Amelia on the Government's role to play in sustainability.
- Global Sustainability Leader at PwC Malcolm Preston, represents the business sector. Malcolm specialises in the measurement and valuation of environmental, social and economic impacts. He leads PwC’s approach to impact measurement and thought leadership on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of the private sector in their achievement. He says, "Working together business, society, investors and government can achieve great things to protect the planet’s future. Business participation is crucial to positively influence outcomes."
- Leading biologist and conservationist Ian Redmond will be representing the public sector in our debate. Renowned for his work with great apes and elephants Ian will be exploring whether the answer lies with people power to make changes for a sustainable planet.
- CEO of Carbon Tracker Initiative, Anthony Hobley will represent the investment community. Are they set to become an unlikely rescuer as environmental change becomes an ever bigger risk?
Book your free tickets today, put your questions to the panel on the night, or tweet #EWdebate and have your say.