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We've Declared a Climate & Ecological Emergency: What's Next?

  • Thursday, 2 July, 2020 - 12:30 to Thursday, 2 July, 2020 - 15:30
  • Online, ,
  • The Future Economy Network
  • anyone interested in better business, climate emergency declarations, biodiversity declarations, making businesses have more sustainable values, how to create an action plan after declaring, how to understand climate change and how it affects your business


We are keeping a close eye on all updates in relation to COVID-19. Our events up until the end of July have been confirmed as interactive webinars/online workshops, including our valuable networking sessions and 60 second pitches. If we can revert back to physical events, you will have the option to attend physicall or virtually.

We are seeing many organisations take positive steps towards better business by recognising the environmental issues we face. We know what the problems are, but how can be work towards a focus on solutions? Many have declared a climate and ecological emergency - but what are your next steps?

Join us for this lunchtime event to discuss with experts how to create your action plan after declaring a climate and ecological emergency. The Future Economy Network welcome Avon Wildlife Trust, Ecotricity, Bates Wells and Network members Business Declares and Stride Treglown to speak at this event.

Fiona Ellis is a Director of Business Declares, which was set up in 2019. She will share how and why companies have joined the network and why it’s important for companies declare a climate and ecological emergency and take action. She can also give context about how this matters in wake of Covid 19 and link to the wider call for a green recovery. She will share the Steps to Declare and there will be a discussion session to follow on what it means to declare.

Ian Barrett, Chief Executive, Avon Wildlife Trust
In February, Ian joined the Mayor of Bristol in declaring an ecological emergency for the city, in recognition that the destruction of nature is undermining the planetary life support systems on which wildlife and people depend. He is now leading work by city partners to develop an Ecological Emergency Action Plan for Bristol for launch this autumn. Ian will share some of the facts that prompted Bristol’s declaration of an ecological emergency, why it’s important, how it links with the climate crisis, and what businesses and individuals can do to help ensure a future where people and wildlife can thrive.

Rob Delius, Head of Sustainability, Stride Treglown

Stride Treglown have signed the Architects and Landscape Architects declarations and their biggest influence is in the buildings and places they design. Aiming to lead by example, ten years ago they designed their own carbon neutral office in Cardiff and since then have been continuously looking at all their premises and company culture to promote sustainability thinking. Rob will be sharing some of these examples and what the future holds following their signing of the declarations.

Stephanie Biden, Partner, Bates Wells
Last summer, Bates Wells formally acknowledged the Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Crisis and made six commitments to act in response to these twin challenges. Stephanie has been leading on implementation of these commitments and will share experiences and lessons from the first six months of embedding new approaches to work across a mid size professional services firm, mostly but not exclusively focused on the UK.

Dr Simon Pickering, Principal Ecologist, Ecotricity

Simon will draw upon his experience as chair of the environment committee steering Stroud District Council to become the first Carbon Neutral Council in Europe. He will compare this to the approach being taken by Ecotricity which has managed to continue to reduce it’s Greenhouse emissions even during a period of rapid expansion. He will focus on the core principals of Measure & Monitor, Avoid, Reduce and Substitute on the path to becoming Carbon Neutral.


12:30 - 12:45 - Registration

12:45 - 13:00 - Facilitated Networking

13:00 - 13:10 - Introduction

13:10 - 13:25 - Fiona Ellis, Business Declares

13:25 - 13:35 - Ian Barrett, Avon Wildlife Trust

13:35 - 13:45 - Tea Break!

13:45 - 14:00 - Rob Delius, Stride Treglown

14:00 - 14:15 - David Hunter, Bates Wells

14:15 - 14:30 - Simon Pickering, Ecotricity

14:30 - 15:00 - Group Discussion (how to action your declaration) - facilitated by Business Declares

15:00 - 15:05 - 60 Second Pitches

15:05 - 15:10 - Close

15:10 - 15:30 - Optional Facilitated Networking

Meet Our Speakers!

Fiona Ellis, Co Founder and Director, Business Declares
Fiona has a background of 30 years in Business, as a leadership and change consultant, working with a range of organisations, both global and local, from Nokia to Yeo Valley . Fiona led a group of business leaders to set up Business Declares in response to the wave of climate change protest in April – June 201 in the UK. Companies such as Ecotricity, Body Shop, Bates Wells, and Bio Pak, joined the campaign, which was launched in September 2019 at the ICAEW in London on the day of the Global Climate Strike.
Business Declares aims to accelerate the awareness and action of companies to not just declare a climate and ecological emergency but to take meaningful action and create a Climate Emergency Plan within 6 months. This is a volunteer group which has over 30 organisations involved and we offer webinars and speakers to work with a range of business and climate advocacy networks.

Ian Barrett is Chief Executive of Avon Wildlife Trust, where he leads a team of 45 people working to bring wildlife back to the Bristol and Bath city-region and inspire people with a love of nature. In February 2020, Ian and the Mayor of Bristol declared an ecological emergency for Bristol, making it the first UK city to do so. Before joining the Trust, Ian was England South Director at Sustrans where he led work to enable people to travel in ways that are better for their health and the environment. His background includes twelve years working for Defra on a range of environmental policy areas including ecosystems, marine biodiversity, green infrastructure, forestry, water quality, flooding, landscape and outdoor recreation.

Rob Delius, Head of Sustainability, Stride Treglown

Rob is a practicing architect and has also been Stride Treglown’s Head of Sustainability for over 10 years. In a professional capacity he has designed a number of award-winning sustainable projects and been a sustainability advisor for the RIBA South-West awards. While overseeing the company’s sustainability strategy he has coordinated some provocative initiatives aimed at challenging others into more sustainable action, like setting up Business Green Week, publishing 52 Big Ideas for Bristol and holding a festival called the Therapeutic City.

Stephanie Biden, Partner, Bates Wells
Stephanie Biden is a Partner with City law firm and B Corp, Bates Wells. Stephanie has been at Bates Wells throughout her legal career, and focuses on advising charities and social enterprises, with a particular interest in advising faith-based charities and international NGOs. Stephanie is a member of the firm’s climate programme board, which oversees implementing the commitments Bates Wells has made to respond to the climate and biodiversity crisis. She is also a trustee of Breaking Barriers, Stewardship and Tearfund.

Dr Simon Pickering, Principal Ecologist, Ecotricity

As a professional Ecologist and Environment advisor, Simon has worked all over the world from the Arctic to Antarctic. He wrote the first sustainability strategy for the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust in the 1990's , helping the Cotswold Water Park Society win a Queens award for Sustainability in 2000. Simon has been Chair of the Environment Committee since 2012, leading Stroud District Council to become the 1st Carbon Neutral Council In Europe in 2015.

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