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Alumni Festival | What is the future for climate action?

Friday 27 September, 4pm | Hughes Hall

Open to Alumni and guests. Booking opens 10 July 2024  – the link for this event will be available soon.

Location: Peter Richards Room, Hughes Hall, CB12EW

An examination of how the climate action movement began and a discussion of where it might go next.

How has awareness of climate change grown, and how are societies, governments and businesses responding? Join Hughes Hall’s Centre for Climate Engagement (CCE) for an insightful event exploring the successes and challenges in climate action, and how students and academics can play a key role in the drive the net zero.

Emily Farnworth (Director of CCE) will host best-selling author and “green business guru,” John Elkington, for a discussion of what lies ahead and how we can all contribute to a greener planet. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation on achieving a more sustainable future.

Emily Farnworth is the Director of the Centre for Climate Engagement and a Fellow at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. She has over 25 years of experience working with businesses, governments and non-profit organisations to support the transition to a low-carbon economy and has worked across multi-stakeholder groups and within specific industry sectors to collaborate on solutions to tackle climate change. She was previously the Head of Climate Initiatives at the World Economic Forum where she was involved in setting up the Climate Governance Initiative (now hosted at the Centre for Climate Engagement. She is a board member of Chapter Zero, a member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Advisory Group, a member of the University of Cambridge Sustainability Committee and a Cambridge Zero Fellow.
John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable capitalism, a bestselling author and serial entrepreneur. He is currently Founding Partner and Executive Chairman of Volans, a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation. John is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded thought leader and keynote speaker. In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru”, and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable”. In 2009, a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR leaders placed John fourth: after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, and alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank.