This year, the UK plays host to world leaders at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), giving us all an opportunity to re-examine our relationship with the environment and our moral obligations towards our planet and the people who live on it. As humanists, it is important that we advocate for science and evidence-based decision-making around sustainability and climate change. But how can we act on our moral duty towards the welfare of our fellow beings and the natural world? What can we do to protect our planet?
Our panel of expert speakers will discuss issues around ecology and the environment, as well as what behaviour changes are needed to improve our relationship with our planet. How can humanists face the challenges associated with climate breakdown and ecological collapse? What can we do to improve public understanding of these issues? How can we preserve the planet for the sake of current and future generations?
All are welcome to attend and there will be plenty of opportunities to put your questions to our speakers. Spaces are limited and registration is essential. To reserve a space for you and your household, please register. We will be using Zoom and a link will be emailed to you ahead of the event. Please note that the event will be recorded.
Cath Sutherland (Chair) has been a humanist celebrant for 16 years and a Greenpeace activist for nearly as long. She is also on the steering group for Humanist Climate Action, a volunteer-led network of Humanists UK members and supporters committed to redefining lifestyles and campaigning for policies that promote low-carbon, ethical, and sustainable living in the light of the degeneration of the Earth’s climate and biodiversity. They aim to bring humanists together to facilitate individual and collective action on these issues.
Dr Tony Whitbread is the former Chief Executive of Sussex Wildlife Trust and is now their President. He is an Ecologist who has been a national spokesperson on woodlands for the Wildlife Trusts. Being an early advocate of rewilding, his main interest is in landscape-scale conservation and the functioning of ecosystems. Tony has written articles and reports on natural processes since the great storm in 1987, for British Wildlife in 1997 and in numerous publications for the SWT. This has driven a strong natural partnership between the Trust and the Knepp rewilding project. He is a regular speaker at conferences and on radio.
Paul Hannam is an author and psychologist, and has worked in the environmental sector for over 20 years. He taught Environmental Management at the University of Oxford and has had four books published. Paul is also co-chair of Greening Steyning and gives regular talks on a wide range of green issues. In his professional work, Paul specialises in working with environmentally and socially responsible leaders who want to achieve both success and significance.