14 November 2019
The day begins with autumn sunshine at our iconic venue, Lord's Cricket Ground, as the team set up for the day
Practitioners arrive at Lord's, network over breakfast and meet the exhibitors
The WWF team take to our photo booth and tell us what motives them to do their work
The Network's acting chair, Richard Hebditch, opens the event and members get stuck into a 'Getting to Know You' quiz. How well do they know the other member organisations in the network?
Meanwhile, senior leaders from 20 of our member organisations meet for a 'Securing Our Future' side event with speeches and presentations from Jan Lasik- National Trust Board Member, Guy Lavender- Marylebone Cricket Club chief executive, Sarah Butler-Sloss- Founder Director of Ashden, and Baroness Brown of Cambridge
Back in the main conference, practitioners from RSPB, Cancer Research UK & Ealing Council share their inspiring case studies
'From Net Zero to Hero' - A lively panel discussion chaired by Alan Carr- Senior Sustainability Advisor at Sustainability West Midlands and including panellists Matt Williams- Public Policy Officer at National Trust, Joel Gustafsson- Senior Engineer and Net Zero Leader at Max Fordham, Emily Hamilton- Associate Director of Sustainability at Grosvenor Britain and Ireland & Simon Brammer- Head of Cities at Ashden
During lunch, practitioners from National Trust, WWF and RSPB head to the photo booth and tell us what inspires them about Fit for the Future
Internationally recognised climate change lawyer and IPCC lead author delivers a powerful, challenging and inspiring key note speech with an urgent call to action for our practitioners:
“I’m asking you to look at what disruption means to you. Normal life is already going to be disrupted. As Greta says, change is coming whether you like it or not, it’s what kind of change we want to encourage and act on. So what is the disruption you are going to think about? At a minimum, maybe start having courageous conversations about what the climate and ecological emergency looks like and what you could gear up to do, deliver and commit to for 2020.”
National Trust and Chester University present case studies, and our second panel discussion delves into sustainable procurement, chaired by James Cashmore- Director of Food and Farming at Soil Association with panellists Sara Muller- Procurement Manager at WWF UK, Camilla Timms- Sustainable Resources Advisor at National Trust and Thomas Hendry- Sustainability Assistant at The Devonshire Group
Our 2019 Fit for the Future Award Winners were announced throughout the day. Congratulations to Olly, Oliver, Ben, Mark, Anita and Andrew! Read all about the awards and winners in this post.
More from our photo booth! Members from Adnams, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Ashden & Fit for the Future's amazing Project Officer and event organiser Hannah tell us what motives them to do the work they do.
Dr Russell Seymour, Sustainability Manager at Lord's presents on sustainability at the cricket ground, and how climate change is already having a huge impact on the sport across the world. Members then went off on a tour to see the ground's sustainability measures in action.
With thanks to everybody who showed up, shared their knowledge, networked and committed to further collaboration to meet the urgent challenges presented by climate change. Members can access all of the presentations and resources from the day in our members area.