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You can read Lord Goldsmith’s keynote speech here.

This full-day conference from Bright Blue, entitled Global green giant? UK leadership on biodiversity loss and climate change, is an opportunity to discuss, showcase and propose pioneering solutions to combating the interrelated global crises of biodiversity loss and climate change ahead of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference COP26 in the UK later in the year.

Following our recent publications, Nature positive? and Global green giant?, we want to bring together people from across the private, public and third sectors to talk about both effective and popular ideas to better protect the natural environment, here and abroad.

The conference will feature a keynote speech from The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister for Pacific and the Environment, as well as a series of other panel sessions with leading decision makers and opinion formers. There will be ample opportunities for delegates to network between event sessions and throughout lunch.



08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:05 Welcome from Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive, Bright Blue

09:05 – 09:30 Keynote speech with Q&A by The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park

09:30 – 10:00 Q&A session led by Andrew Barnett, Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – UK Branch

10:00 – 10:30 Networking coffee break

10:30 – 11:45 Panel discussion: Nature-based solutions for the UK and the world

  • Mark Rose, Chief Executive Officer, Flora and Fauna International
  • Edward Davey, Co-Director, WRI UK
  • James Cullimore, Nature Programmes Manager, Conservative Environment Network
  • Robert Spencer, Director of Sustainable Development, AECOM
  • Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield, Senior Researcher, Bright Blue (Chair)

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11:45 – 12:15 Networking coffee break

12:15 – 13:30 Panel discussion: Critical carbon sinks? Protecting our marine environment

  • Sir Oliver Heald MP, Former Solicitor General
  • Dale Rodmell, Assistant Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations
  • Clare Brook, CEO, Blue Marine Foundation
  • Professor Pierre Failler, Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Blue Governance, University of Portsmouth
  • Karen McVeigh, Global Development Reporter, The Guardian
  • Patrick Hall, Senior Research Fellow, Bright Blue (Chair)

13:30 – 14:45 Lunch break

14:45 – 16:00 Panel discussion: A greener, more pleasant land: Agriculture and land management

  • Bill Wiggin MP, Former Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Stuart Roberts, Deputy President, National Farmers Union
  • Jo Gilbert, Interim Executive Director for Global Conservation, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Dan Collison, Chief Executive, Farm Africa
  • Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Guardian
  • Sarah Sands, Chair, Bright Blue (Chair)

16:00 Conference concludes

More speakers to be announced


Tuesday 21st September 2021, 08:30 – 16:00


The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH


This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. Please RSVP here.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Weronika Patyk, our Events and Operations Manager,


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