The Earth Convention - The Four Elements: Air

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5x15 and Rathbones present the Four Elements, the second series of panels in the Earth Convention series. This panel looks at Air.

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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.

Jared Farmer
Ancient trees and atmospheres

Jared Farmer is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. A former Andrew Carnegie Fellow, he is the author of several books, including On Zion’s Mount, which won the Francis Parkman Prize. He lives in Philadelphia. In his new book, Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees, Farmer surveys the complex history of the world’s oldest trees, including voices of Indigenous peoples, religious figures, and contemporary scientists who study elderflora in crisis. In a changing climate, a long future is still possible, Farmer shows, but only if we give care to young things that might grow old.

Kate Elliot
Rathbones Greenbank

Kate Elliot is head of Rathbone Greenbank’s ethical, sustainable and impact research team. She oversees the development and implementation of the team’s sustainability assessment framework, analysing investments against a range of environmental, social and governance criteria. She also monitors emerging sustainability themes, sets priorities for Greenbank’s stewardship and engagement activities and has developed the team’s systems for the measurement and reporting of portfolio sustainability and impact performance. In addition, she sits on the Responsible Investment Committee for Rathbones. Kate joined Rathbones in 2007 after graduating from the University of Bristol with a Masters in Philosophy and Mathematics.

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah
Air pollution in cities

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah CBE is a BreatheLife champion, founder and trustee of the Ella Roberta Foundation, based in London. Rosamund became a clean air advocate after her 9-year-old daughter, Ella, died in 2013 from asthma. Rosamund spent several years campaigning for a second coroner's inquest into Ella's death to determine whether it was linked to air pollution. In a landmark decision in December 2020, the coroner ruled that it was, making Ella the first person in the world to have air pollution listed as a cause of death on her death certificate. Rosamund is also a teacher and lecturer and an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association. She is CBE 2023 and was named among You Magazine's 21 Most Extraordinary Women of 2021, British Vogue's 25 Extraordinary Women of 2021, The Times' Green Power List 2021 and BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour's Power List 2020.

Gabrielle Walker
Carbon removals

Gabrielle Walker, Founder and Director of Valence Solutions, is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator focused on unleashing capitalism on climate change. She works with global companies at boardroom-level, analysing emerging trends, challenging conventional thinking and driving meaningful action. Gabrielle gives keynote addresses to corporate audiences around the world and is an accomplished moderator of high-level debates. She has presented many BBC TV and radio programmes, was Climate Change Editor at Nature and Features Editor at New Scientist, has written extensively for many international newspapers and magazines including the FT, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has authored four books. She has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton.