Date & Time: Thursday 7 July, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Tucker Lecture Theatre, UWTSD Campus, Lampeter.
Inquiries:: Dr Nicholas Campion, firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is proud
to host a day of debate and discussion on the environment, and how we can better live in harmony with the Earth. The day is led by the Quaker writer David Cadman and by the leading environmentalists John Sauven and Tony Juniper, who have all been appointed Professors of Practice at the University. Dealing with the present social, environmental and economic crises is not just a matter waiting for government and industry to change but of working out what we ourselves can do, as individuals and as communities. In order to understand the state of the world, we also have to address the underlying crisis of perception: what worldviews have led the Earth to its current state, and what worldviews can help us find solutions.
It's important that we work out solutions between us, and the essence of the day is debate, discussion and decisions on action.
All are welcome
Recommended background reading for the day: Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Tony Juniper and Ian Skelly.
9:30 am: Arrive: tea and coffee available
10.00 - 10.05 am Dr Jane Davidson: Introduction and welcome
10.05 - 10.15 am Dr Nick Campion. The Sophia Centre and the Harmony Initiative
10.15 - 11.15 am: Plenary session. The University's new Professors of Practice, David Cadman, Tony Juniper and John Sauvan will each give a 20 minute presentation in order to start the day.
11.15 - 11:45 am: Tea and Coffee
11.45 am - 1:00 pm: Break out session. We will divide into three groups, led by David, Tony and John, to discuss and identify key questions.
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Lunch: buffet lunch provided in the University's Lloyd Thomas dining hall.
2:00 - 3.00 pm: Plenary session.. David, Tony John will report back on the results of discussion in the morning break-out session, with Jane Davidson chairing
3:00 - 3:30 pm: Tea and Coffee
3:30 - 4:30 pm: Question Time Panel chaired by Jane Davidson, with Luci Attala, Nick Campion, David Cadman, Tony Juniper, John Sauvan and Professor of Practice Juliet Davenport.
4:30 pm Juliet Davenport - reflections on the day
4:45 pm Next steps - Nick Campion and Jane Davidson
5:00 pm close
About the speakers
David Cadman is a Quaker writer. He has held a number of professorial chairs and is now a Visiting Professor at University College London and the University of Maryland. He is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St. David. He is a Trustee of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts and a Fellow of The Temenos Academy, of which His Royal Highness is Patron.
David Cadman's recent publications include Speeches and Articles 1968-2012, of which he was co-editor.
This is a collection of speeches and articles of The Prince of Wales, published by the University of Wales, Love Matters, published by Zig Publishing, 2014, Finding Elsewhere, a collection of stories for our time, published by Zig Publishing, 2015 and Why Love Matters, of which he was co-editor, published by Peter Land, 2016. His work can be found at www.lovematters.uk.com.
Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit , Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and as co-founder of sustainability consultancy group Robertsbridge. He is President of the Wildlife Trusts, President of the Society for the Environment and a trustee of Fauna and Flora International and Resurgence-Ecologist.
Juniper speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes and is the author of many books, including the multi-award winning best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? published in 2013. He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for the tropical rainforests, and from 2003-2008 was the organisation's executive director. From 2000-2008 he was Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International. Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). His latest book, What is really happening to our planet?: the facts simply explained, will be published in June 2016.
Website: www.tonyjuniper.com, Twitter: @tonyjuniper.com
John Sauven is the Executive Director of Greenpeace UK. With a background in forests he was instrumental in getting protection for the Great Bear temperate rainforest in Canada. It was an epic battle between logging companies, timber traders and their retail customers in Europe and North America.
John Sauven co-ordinated the international campaign to secure a moratoria on further destruction of the Amazon by soya producers and later similar tactics were used to get a cattle moratorium. Similar tactics were used elsewhere to tackle the drivers of deforestation including for paper and palm oil in Indonesia. Ultimately it changed the supply chains of many of the world's biggest corporations. It was one of Greenpeace's most successful campaigns to protect large areas of the world's last intact rainforests providing both climate and biodiversity protection as well as local peoples livelihoods. In 2010 John Sauven started the campaign to protect the Arctic from oil exploration. It turned into a heroic battle first with Russia's Gazprom and then Shell. In 2015 Shell pulled out of the Arctic.
Jane Davidson, Director, INSPIRE
Jane Davidson is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Director of INSPIRE, (Institute for Sustainability Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. In 2013, INSPIRE won the Guardian HE Sustainability Award; in 2014, the Soil Association Gold Catering Mark; in 2015 the University rose from 113th to 8th in the UK and 1st in Wales in the People and Planet University League and Jane won 2 Green Gown Awards from the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges - UK Leader and Best Newcomer.
From 2007- 2011, Jane was Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing in Wales where she proposed legislation to make sustainable development its central organising principle - the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act came into law in April 2015. She introduced low carbon planning requirements; created a Welsh Climate Change Commission and Future Generations Commissioner, the 800 mile Wales coast path, legislated on waste which has seen Wales become the lead recycling country in Britain and introduced the Welsh charge on carrier bags. She led on energy for the Silk Commission advocating the transfer of increased energy powers to Wales.
She holds honorary fellowships from CIW (Chartered Institute of Waste), CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) and is a member of WWF's UK Council of Ambassadors. She is patron of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and Tools for Self Reliance Cymru (TFSR) and has recently become a RSA Fellow.
Juliet Davenport, OBE is the founder and CEO of Good Energy, one of the UK's first entirely renewable electricity supplier and generator companies.
A true renewable industry entrepreneur, Juliet built Good Energy from scratch in 1999. Her mission then, as it is now, was to tackle climate change, help deliver energy security for the UK, and give consumers the opportunity to buy and invest in 100% renewable electricity. Juliet's passion for renewables grew out of an early interest in climate change, which she studied as part of her physics degree at Oxford University. It is her belief that renewables can and must play a part in an environmentally sustainable, economically affordable and diverse energy supply structure. Her views were reinforced while working on an internship with the European Commission on Energy, during which she recognised that politics wasn't going to drive the change that was needed. Today, the company supplies electricity and gas, administrates Feed-in-Tariff payments, generates its own renewable electricity and plays an important role on the renewable energy stage. Juliet sits on the Energy UK board as a representative of smaller suppliers and in June 2015 was appointed to the board of the Natural Environment Research Council. She is also a founding director of the POWERful Women initiative, which supports improving gender diversity in the energy industry.
In 2013 Juliet was awarded an OBE for services to renewables. Since then the company has won a number of awards including being named Company of the Year at the 2015 BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.
Luci Attala is Programme Director in Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and winner of the Sustainability Staff Champion Award in the 2015 Green Gown Awards.
Luci believes that to stimulate genuine and lasting change people need to experience how their actions make a difference. Recognising that future leadership demands confident individuals who make clear, bold decisions; Luci works stridently to empower undergraduates in diverse ways. Luci's energy and enthusiasm is responsible for numerous projects, all designed to support students to recognise that their actions do have impact and can significantly alter other's lives. Her many initiatives include: encouraging staff to embrace new teaching and assessment methodologies in line with EfSDs; embedding sustainability at the heart of anthropology at UWTSD through the design of a new degree in Applied Anthropology; supporting student-driven community enterprises that raise funds for endeavours, and awareness of life-ways, in developing countries, and working with students to assist reforestation projects that encourage carbon absorption. Her community work with students in Kenya was recognised with a UN Gold Star Award in 2014.
Nicholas Campion is interested in how we construct meaning in the cosmos. He is Senior Lecturer in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology and Director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He is programme director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.
He read History at Cambridge and was awarded his MA by the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1976. His recent books include The New Age in the Modern West: Counter-Culture, Utopia and Prophecy from the late Eighteenth Century to the Present Day (London: Bloomsbury 2015). Recent publications include "The Moral Philosophy of Space Travel: A Historical Review", in Jai Galliot (ed.), Commercial Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy, Governance (Abingdon: Ashgate, 2015), and "Sustainability, Harmony, Environmental Ethics and the Space Programme" in Nicholas Campion and Chris Impey (eds), The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena (Lampeter: Sophia centre Press, forthcoming). He was involved in community and housing politics in London in the 1970s and stood for election for the Green Party in Bristol in the 1990s.