How not to let a global pandemic derail a just, green transition. An online panel discussion among investors, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs

An online panel discussion among investors, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs, jointly organised by Reuben College with the Smith School for Enterprise and Environment

In countries, cities, commerce and communities across the world there are innovative efforts to mobilise the global economy towards a zero-carbon and environmentally sustainable economic future. Rising numbers of successful eco-entrepreneurs show that it is possible for businesses to flourish in economically sound, socially responsible and environmentally friendly ways. And recent years have seen a surge in youth movements for climate justice, bringing promise to energise efforts around the transition to a green economy.

However, despite the growing evidence of public desire for a “green economy”, change has been frustratingly slow, with the recent COVID-19 pandemic threatening progress further. Governments are focussed on stimulating their economies again after lockdowns across the world, but how do we ensure that decisions are made to work for the long term? How do we make a green transition in a way that works for everyone? What form of leadership is required to drive the kind of change we need? And what role can universities play in seeking solutions?

This event provides a forum to explore a range of pressing questions and innovative initiatives around efforts to tackle environmental crises in a way that increases prosperity and reduces economic and social inequalities.

Discussion panel includes:
Chair: Charmian Love, Co-Founder and Chair of B Lab UK; Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Kaya Axelsson, Net Zero Policy Engagement Fellow, University of Oxford; former Vice-President of the Oxford Student Union
Leandro Baumgarten, Lead Scientist (Brazil), The Nature Conservancy
Catherine Bryan, Trustee and former CEO, Synchronicity Earth
Arunma Oteh, former Treasurer of the World Bank; Executive-in-Residence at Saïd Business School (tbc)
With an introduction by Cameron Hepburn, Director of the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, and closing remarks by EJ Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity, and Laurence Wainwright, MSc Course Director at the Smith School

This event will be of particular interest to:

Prospective graduate students – find out about the Smith School’s new MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment
Academics and researchers
Environmental entrepreneurs
Environmental investors and philanthropists
Climate advocates and activists
Policymakers and practitioners in the fields of environmental sustainability and the green economy