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 / 10:00 - 18:00

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

The conference will bring 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.

Ethical Consumer Conference 2019 is supported by The Co-operative Bank.

Event highlights:

  • Rob Harrison - Ethical Consumer Co-Founder - How consumer markets have responded to the climate crisis since Ethical Consumer started 30 years ago.
  • Miatta Fahnbulleh - Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation - on a Green New Deal.
  • Caroline Pakel - Extinction Rebellion Political Circle for XR International and the Future Democracy Hub on tactics for change
  • Maria Cearns - Managing Director of Current Accounts and Savings, The Co-operative Bank
  • Chris Warburton-Brown - Research Director at the Permaculture Association - How businesses can take a permaculture approach to the climate crisis.
  • Guy Singh-Watson - Founder of Riverford organic farm and organic vegetable box delivery company.
  • Delia McGrath - Journalist and member of SOC-SAT Union - Climate change, migration and workers’ rights in southern Spain.
  • Asad Rehman - Director of War on Want - Human rights.
  • Jay Tompt - Co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project and Associate Lecturer in Economics at Plymouth University - De-growth strategies.
  • John McNally MP - SNP environmental spokesperson and member of the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee.
  • Filipa Pimentel - National Hubs Coordinator of Transition Network on a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

 

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Tickets include a vegan lunch from the Real Junk-Food Project. This year, we're also working with Trash Talk to cut down on waste.

 

 

Full conference line-up

10:00 - Introduction and framing:

How consumer markets have changed over 30 years in response to climate change and the ecological disaster.

Rob Harrison and Fran de la Torre from Ethical Consumer.

 

10:30 - Keynote speaker:

A Just Transition 

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

 

11:10 - Workshops:

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 with more TBC.

52 climate actions for businesses

Andalucia, climate change and migration

  • Delia McGrath - Journalist and SOC-SAT union member.

Circular economy

  • Lynn Wilson - Glasgow University and additional workshop TBC.

 

12:20 - 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.

 

12:50 – Lunch

 

13:40 - Panel discussion:

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

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

Mike Smyth - Chair of Energy4All.

Jay Tompt - co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project and associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University on de-growth strategies.

Miatta Fahnbulleh - Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation - on a Green New Deal.

More speakers TBC

 

15:00 - Workshops:

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.

Taking the heat out of climate conversations

 

16:00 - Group-working and networking session: Actions for change

 

16:30 - Panel discussion:

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

Tweet us your questions for the panel on #tacticsforchange

  • John McNally MP - SNP environmental spokesperson and member of the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee
  • 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.
  • More speakers TBC