The Earth Convention - Consumers – Fast Fashion, Manufacturing and Plastics

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

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Responsible investing at Rathbone Investment Management. We see it as our responsibility to invest for everyone’s tomorrow. That means doing the right thing for our clients and for others too. Keeping the future in mind when we make decisions today. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy.

Lucy Siegle

Lucy Siegle is a writer and broadcaster on nature and climate. Over many years she has specialised in the environmental and social footprint of the global fashion industry and is the author of To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World (4th Estate/HarperCollins) and Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (and you) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again (Orion/Hachette 2019).

She exec-produced and appeared in The True Cost, the Netflix feature documentary also on the fashion industry. She co-founded the Green Carpet Challenge with Livia Firth, a mechanism for mainstreaming stories on global justice and the fashion supply chain. For 14 years she was a columnist at The Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, writing on ethical living for a consumer audience and created the long running Ethical Awards dubbed the green Oscars (2005-2015)

On TV, Lucy reports for The One Show, BBC1, a prime time magazine show for a large audience. She has also presented a special edition of ITV Tonight on microplastics and human health. With the filmmaker Tom Mustill, Lucy created and cohosts So Hot Right Now, a podcast produced by Sony and Picture Zero for anyone interested in telling the story of nature and climate. She also works with Ellie Goulding on climate activism and recently founded The Palace Paddle, an endurance kayak event to raise money for Samburu Girls Foundation.

Steve Evans

Professor Steve Evans is Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability at Cambridge University. He leads research that seeks to deliver knowledge concerning sustainable change at scale, including programmes in sustainable business model innovation, system transformation, the limits of efficiency and sustainable policy making in developing countries. He spent 15 years in industry and has over 30 years of academic experience which includes working collaboratively around the globe. In 2019, Steve was recognised by his peers for academic excellence by his election as Member of Academia Europaea. He has been Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords and is a serial clean-tech start-up founder. Steve has been a millionaire and lost it. Twice. Financial advice will not be offered.

Dieter Helm

Dieter Helm is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford. Dieter is the Independent Chair of the Natural Capital Committee. Dieter’s recent books include: Green & Prosperous Land, published in 2019 by William Collins, Burn Out: The Endgame for Fossil Fuels (2017), The Carbon Crunch: Revised and Updated (2015) and Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet (2016), all published by Yale University Press.

Dieter’s new book Net Zero, will be published in May 2020 by William Collins. Dieter has provided extensive advice to UK and European governments, including The Cost of Energy Review for the UK government in October 2017 and for the European Commission in preparing the Energy Roadmap 2030. He served both as a special advisor to the European Commissioner for Energy and as Chairman of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on the Roadmap. He also assisted the Polish government in their presidency of the European Union Council.

Dieter is a Director of Aurora Energy Research, a leading energy modelling company, and Chairman of Natural Capital Research, developing natural capital models and assessments for the better use of land. Dieter is an Honorary Vice President of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

Miatta Fahnbulleh

Miatta Fanbulleh is Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and has a wealth of experience in developing and delivering policy to empower communities and change people’s lives. She has been at the forefront of generating new ideas on reshaping our economy inside government and out. Prior to joining NEF she was Director of Policy & Research at the Institute of Public Policy Research. Before this, she has worked at senior levels for the Leader of the Opposition, the Cabinet Office, and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Her work has included the development of policies from devolution to local economic growth, housing, energy and climate change and transport, driving forward the Government’s economic devolution agenda in England, and localism and local economic growth. Miatta has a Masters and PhD in economic development from the LSE and a BA in PPE from Oxford.