Press Releases 2016

UWTSD to host a day of debate and discussion on the environment on July 7

30.06.2016

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.

Entitled, ‘Living on Earth: Charting a Course for Harmony,’ it will be 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 UWTSD. They will be joined by Juliet Davenport, who is also a Professor of Practice, Dr Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD and Green Gown Award winner Dr Luci Attala.

Dr Nicholas Campion, Director, Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus said: “Dealing with the present social, environmental and economic crises is not just a matter of 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.

The event, which will take place at the Tucker Lecture Theatre in UWTSD’s Lampeter campus, on Thursday, July 7 from 10am to 5pm,  has been organised by the Sophia Centre for the study of Cosmology in Culture and the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), University of Wales Trinity Saint David And in partnership with Shumacher College.

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.

About the speakers : 

David Cadman

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

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

John Sauven

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

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

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.

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Dr. Nick Campion, (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) Chair