Earth Convention online talks

Rathbones has partnered with 5 x 15, one of London’s leading cultural events organisations, to bring you a series of online Zoom talks on climate change and to  ask the questions that need to be answered. 

26 January 2021

This is a critical time 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? To explore the issues Rathbones and 5 x 15 have teamed up to launch the Earth Convention – a series of online events bringing together world experts for online conversations, focusing on both the problems as well as the opportunities and the actions that we can all take.

Webinar: The Earth Convention – Time for a reset? 

For the opening event of The Earth Convention series from 5 x 15 and Rathbones, we looked at whether the COVID-19 crisis could be a defining moment in the fight against climate change.

Speakers:  Juliet Davenport – Founder and CEO of Good Energy James Thornton – Founding CEO of ClientEarth Christiana Figueres – Costa Rican diplomat and former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Tom Rivett-Carnac – Former Senior Political Strategist at the UN

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Webinar: The Earth Convention – Energy and finance 

For the second event in The Earth Convention series from 5x15 and Rathbones, we looked at creating a green transition in energy and finance.

Speakers:  Jonathon Porritt - Co-founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development Matt Crossman – Stewardship Director, Rathbones Farhana Yamin - Environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert Mike Berners-Lee – Professor of Sustainability at Lancaster University

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Webinar: The Earth Convention – Consumers: fast fashion, manufacturing and plastics 

The third event in The Earth Convention series from 5x15 and Rathbones was all about consumers and manufacturing - our consumption patterns and the supply chains that feed them.

Speakers:  Lucy Siegle – Writer and broadcaster on nature and climate Steve Evans – Professor and Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Cambridge University Dieter Helm – Professor of Economic Policy at Oxford University and Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford Miatta Fahnbulleh  - Chief executive of NEF - New Economics Foundation

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Webinar: The Earth Convention - What we eat and why it matters

In this session we examined a range of issues with leading experts and innovators who are charting the way forward from what has been exposed about the global food system by the coronavirus crisis to what constitutes sustainable eating? How are food producers changing and what policy innovations can make a difference?


Professor Tim Benton – Director of Energy, Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House  Anthony Warner – blogger known as “The Angry Chef” and author of Ending Hunger: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It Dr Geeta Sethi – Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems at the World Bank Tristram Stuart – food campaigner, founder of Toast Ale, TED Speaker, and author of The Global Food Waste Scandal

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Webinar: The Earth Convention - Natural capital, biodiversity and oceans

This fifth session of the Earth Convention explores how biodiversity - crucial to human, economic and planetary health - is declining faster than at any time in human history. It is thought that one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction. How has this happened, what are the consequences and what can be done?

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta is a professor of economics at Cambridge and the author of the Dasgupta Review, a major report published in February 2021. Commissioned by the UK Treasury, it is a global independent review of the economics of biodiversity, bringing economics and ecology together

Dr Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator, with a focus on sustainability and climate change and their impacts on the energy, finance and transportation sectors. She has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities

Tony Juniper CBE is chair of the official nature conservation agency Natural England. Before taking up this role in April 2019 he was the executive director for advocacy and campaigns at WWF-UK, a fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and president of the Wildlife Trusts

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Webinar: The Earth Convention - Sustainable cities

From London to Singapore, Los Angeles to Shanghai, around the world cities are organising themselves in new ways to confront the challenge of climate change. In this session we explore which cities across the world are taking the greenest initiatives and showing the most promise.

Speakers:   Chris Boardman  – Olympic gold medallist and Greater Manchester's first cycling and walking commissioner Isabel Dedring – global transport leader at Arup Rohan Silva – founder and CEO of Second Home; Kate Elliot, deputy head of ethical, sustainable and impact research for Rathbone Greenbank Investments.  

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