Dame Helen Ghosh – (former) Director General, National Trust
My “lightbulb moment” was seeing the pictures of large chunks of National Trust coastline falling into the sea at Birling Gap in Sussex in winter storms a few years ago. It couldn’t have sent a more powerful message about the devastating effect that climate change is having – and that we need to take action now.
The National Trust is well on the way to getting 50% of its operational energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, and to making significant cuts in energy use despite more visitors and longer opening. But we’ll want to be even more ambitious for 2030, and we’ll need to learn lots from what others are doing if we are to succeed!