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Ethical Consumer Conference 2019

Positive responses to the ecological emergency.

How consumers, businesses and campaigners can work together to help tackle climate change and environmental breakdown.

25th October 2019 / Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Our sold out conference brought together campaigners, consumers, businesses and experts to investigate holistic approaches to the environmental crisis that incorporates human and workers' rights in our urgent move towards a zero-carbon future.

Audio from the conference

Audience at the Ethical Consumer conference 2019

Full list of speakers and workshops with presentations (where applicable / available).

Introduction and framing:

Rob Harrison and Fran de la Torre from Ethical Consumer. How consumer markets have changed over 30 years in response to climate change and the ecological disaster. Download the presentation >

Keynote speaker:

A Just Transition - Filipa Pimentel from the Transition Network on a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

Panel: Why we need a holistic approach to the crisis.

  • Introduced by Clare Carlile - Lead Researcher at Ethical Consumer
  • Delia McGrath - Journalist and SOC-SAT union member on climate change, migration and workers’ rights in southern Spain.
  • Asad Rehman - Director of War on Want on human rights. Download Asad's presentation >

Panel discussion:What role does business have in addressing the environmental crisis in a de-growth scenario?

 Panel discussion: Forcing change – perspectives on tactics: What next for the environmental movement?

  • Guy Singh-Watson - founder of Riverford organic farm and organic vegetable box delivery company.
  • Caroline Pakel - Extinction Rebellion Political Circle for XR UK and the Future Democracy Hub.
  • Hazel Healy - New internationalist
  • Mike Berners-Lee - Author of There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years and How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything
  • Omi   - Youth Ambassador for Action for Conservation

Address from conference supporter The Co-operative Bank.

  • Maria Cearns - Managing Director of Current Accounts and Savings, The Co-operative Bank.
circular economy workshop at the ethical consumer conference 2019


What will a de-carbonised future look like? - Josie Wexler - Ethical Consumer hosting a discussion panel with new energy technologies expert Chris Goodall, Jay Tompt and Mike Berners-Lee. Download Chris' presentation >

52 climate actions for businesses - Chris Warburton-Brown - Research Director at the Permaculture Association.

Andalucia, climate change and migration- Delia McGrath - Journalist and SOC-SAT union member.

Circular economy - Lynn Wilson - Glasgow University and additional workshop TBC.

Regenerative Business Hub - Anna Clayton - Spring Prize coordinator and Ethical Consumer Director on regenerative business.

Ethical lifestyle training - Clare Carlile - researcher at Ethical Consumer.

The role of arts and culture in making change -  Danny Chivers - from BP or Not BP, author of No-Nonsense Renewable Energy (2015), activist, and performance poet. Download Danny's presentation >

Taking the heat out of climate conversations -  Rosemary Randall - Carbon Conversations.

Download the conference booklet from the day >

Have a look at photos from the day >