Dealing with the Climate Change Emergency — Taking Action Now
To keep the world from going beyond 1.5℃ of warming this century, greenhouse gas production needs to be slashed - urgently. Never before has it been so clear that we need to take action that is long-term, inclusive and creates change to tackle the climate crisis and achieve stability in our environment around Net Carbon Zero and sustainable development.
Whilst many aspects of our lives have been disrupted in 2020 with COVID-19, and in the UK with Brexit, climate change has continued relentlessly. Greenhouse gas emissions have reduced partially in many countries but as lockdown restrictions have begun to ease, emissions are rebounding. We must turn the recovery from the pandemic into a real opportunity to build a better future, creating solutions that are scientific, inclusive and cohesive.
As LEAF looks to celebrate 30 years of developing and delivering more sustainable farming, this conference aims to address the question of taking action now. Skilfully chaired by BBC broadcaster and journalist, Tom Heap, it is a unique opportunity for farmers, climate change experts, researchers and food industry representatives to discuss and learn from each other and agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.
We are delighted to welcome four outstanding speakers who will set the scene and allow us to take discussions globally. They will highlight the challenges, propose solutions, share examples of best practice and inject some passion into effective and collective ways to deliver change. All of this to support the delivery of a year of Climate Action in the run up to COP26 next year.
The conference also includes the launch of LEAF's next 10 year strategy 2021-2031.
Tom presents the investigations on Countryfile – Britain’s most popular factual TV programme. He is also the principal voice of ‘Costing the Earth’ on Radio 4, the nation’s only dedicated environment series. He is a regular Panorama reporter covering food, farming, energy and wildlife. He was the presenter of the long running BBC 1 Daytime series Animal 24:7.
Jonathan Wadsworth is Lead Agriculture Specialist at the World Bank and Principal Science Adviser to the Vice President for Sustainable Development. Previously he was Executive Secretary of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR). He spent over 25 years overseas in agricultural development. Latterly as Senior Advisor at DFID and Chair of the European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD). He holds a PhD in Agricultural Systems (Reading), MSc in Tropical Animal Health and Production (Edinburgh) and BSc (Hons) in Agriculture (Newcastle) – plus real-life learning in the mid 90’s as a tenant dairy farmer in highland Peru.
Chris is Director of the IUCN Forest Programme responsible for the overall programme, which is centred on three mutually supporting themes of Forest Landscape Restoration, Primary and Intact Forest Landscapes, and Locally Controlled Forests. He is also co-lead of the Nature and Nature Based Solutions thematic area for the COP26 High Level Champion. In this role, Chris supports specific links with IUCN’s work on private sector engagement, nature based solutions and the landscape approach, and in support of the COP26 process is engaging with Non-State Actors around climate change mitigation, resilience and the positive role of nature in delivering climate solutions.
Minette runs a tenanted family farm in Wiltshire. She has been an NFU member from grassroots through to County Chairman; she served as Wiltshire’s Council delegate and also as Regional Board Chairman for the South West. Minette has also been a member of NFU Governance Board and served as NFU deputy president for four years from 2014 to 2018, before being elected as president in February 2018. Minette is also a Trustee of Farm Africa.
Duncan Farrington is a fourth generation farmer and founder of Farrington’s Mellow Yellow, producers of an award-winning range of cold pressed rapeseed oil and salad dressings. Duncan has been a LEAF Demonstration Farmer for over 20 years and is incredibly passionate about sustainable farming practises and soil health. Over the years, Duncan has won many awards for his work with food and farming, in 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS). In 2020, Duncan led Farrington’s Mellow Yellow to become the world’s first food brand to be certified as both carbon & plastic neutral.
Philip has spent 40 years managing and advising businesses in nearly every sector of the agriculture industry, having direct responsibility for the management of 7,000 acres of primarily arable farming in Lincolnshire as well as Non-Executive Directorships across the food and farming sector. He has had a long connection with LEAF, having been Manager of the Nevile Estate in Lincolnshire, one of LEAF’s first Demonstration Farms. He has been Chairman of LEAF since 2017.
Caroline has run LEAF since it began in 1991. Her work focuses on encouraging more sustainable farming practices and building a better public understanding of farming and the environment. She is actively involved in many industry partnerships and initiatives. In 2009, Caroline was awarded the MBE for services to the agricultural industry and completed a Nuffield Scholarship in 2015. In 2019, she was named as one of the Women Economic Forum’s ‘Women of the Decade’ and was also awarded the Farmers Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ahead of our conference, all attendees are required to watch the below videos that have been prepared by our guest speakers.
These videos must be watched BEFORE the event so that our discussions are lively and focused on Climate Positive actions. These films will NOT be shown at the conference - they are the basis for creating a step change in our thinking.
You also have an opportunity to submit questions to our speakers before the event. If you have a question, please send it to [email protected], stating your name and your company. Please also use as a subject heading: "LEAF Annual Conference question".