LEAF Annu­al Con­fer­ence 2020

20th Nov 2020

Deal­ing with the Cli­mate Change Emer­gency — Tak­ing Action Now

When: Friday 20th November 2020

Time: 10:00am to 11:45am

Where: Online

Booking: here

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.


Speakers:

Tom Heap

Tom Heap

BBC Broad­cast­er & Journalist

Tom Heap

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

Jonathan Wadsworth

Lead Cli­mate Change Spe­cial­ist at The World Bank Group

Jonathan Wadsworth

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 Buss

Chris Buss

Direc­tor, For­est Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gramme, Inter­na­tion­al Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Nature (IUCN).

Chris Buss

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 Batters

Minette Bat­ters

Pres­i­dent, Nation­al Farm­ers Union

Minette Bat­ters

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

Dun­can Farrington

Far­ring­ton Oils, LEAF Demon­stra­tion Farmer and LEAF Mar­que cer­ti­fied producer

Dun­can Farrington

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 Wynn

Philip Wynn

Chair­man, LEAF

Philip Wynn

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 Drummond

Car­o­line Drummond

Chief Exec­u­tive, LEAF

Car­o­line Drummond

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.

Preparation

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".

Jonathan Wadsworth

Chris Buss

Minette Batters

Duncan Farrington