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Terravesta collaborates on Lincoln climate change conference

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We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Diocese of Lincoln and the University of Lincoln in the city’s first climate change conference.

Terravesta will be sponsoring the ‘Footprint Dinner’ where Lincolnshire chef and entrepreneur Sam Owen will present a three-course sustainable meal with locally sourced food, and a CO2 footprint of 1.888kg.

The Moana: Water of Life conference will Take place on Friday 30th & Saturday 31st August. The event is collaborative in nature, with a host of international and UK representatives, enlightening delegates on what the threats are to our planet, what is being done and what urgently needs to be done.

Terravesta will represent positive change in the UK, tackling the issue of sustainable land-use head on.

Globally, agriculture, forestry and land use accounts for 24% of emissions. With many UK farmers already seeing the effects of a warming planet on their own farms, there’s an urgent drive to change traditional practices.

“One of the biggest threats we face – climate change, not as just a natural phenomenon, but as a consequence of human activity on the planet, is internationally recognised as a threat to our existence,” says William Cracroft-Eley, Terravesta chairman.

“At the heart of this is the move away from fossil-based hydrocarbon products, which contribute to carbon emissions significantly and are being consumed at a far higher rate than the fossilisation process, and a move towards plant-sourced hydrocarbons,” explains William.

Miscanthus absorbs 1-3.8 tonnes of carbon per hectare per year. It’s also seen as a plant-based hydrocarbon that is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, presenting characteristics which can be used for a growing number of markets, including alternatives to plastics, pharmaceuticals and building materials.

Terravesta is delighted to be involved with the conference, alongside UK and international experts. The commendable aim is to identify action we can take together. Conference outcomes include a case study of the impact of the conference and the launch of the Lincoln Diocesan Environmental Policy. The Policy can be a resource for the county of Lincolnshire and beyond.

The full conference programme for the climate change conference is available here.

Conference speakers

  • Professor Elisabeth Holland is Professor of Climate Change, and Director at the Pacific Centre for the Environment at the University of the South Pacific. Professor Holland was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, as an author of 4 of the 5 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports issued between 1992 and 2014;
  • Professor Mark Macklin is the Head of School of Geography at the University of Lincoln. He also oversees the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health. His keynote talk is entitled: The Rivers of Humankind;
  • Bishop Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, based in San Francisco. He has lead Episcopal Church efforts to uphold the landmark global climate accord struck at COP21 in Paris;
  • Archbishop Winston Halapua, retired as a Primate of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia in 2018. He has campaigned vigorously for climate justice and has seen first-hand the impact of climate change in Polynesia.  His ‘Moana Leadership’ calls for an urgent radical call to embrace creation;
  • Professor Edward Hanna is Professor of Climate Science and Meteorology in the College of Science, University of Lincoln. In June 2018 Edward lead-organised an international research workshop on ice-sheet mass balance, held at Davos, Switzerland as part of POLAR2018;
  • Lynnaia Main serves as The Episcopal Church’s main representative to the United Nations. Along with other representatives, she nurtures partnerships between The Episcopal Church and UN entities, member states and civil society organisations;
  • Dr Emily Colgan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible) at Trinity Theological College in Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on the relationship between the Bible and contemporary social imaginaries, asking about the ways in which biblical texts interact with communities in the present;
  • Rebecca Forster is Environmental Manager at the University of Lincoln and is responsible for managing the impact that the University of Lincoln has on the environment, including carbon emissions, and is working to embed sustainability across the institution;
  • Dr Mike Colechin is Director and Owner of Cultivate, a company he set up to support organisations and individuals who are seeking to deliver innovative, low carbon, energy solutions.  He brings a creative and dynamic approach to exploring the challenges we face in reducing our impact on the environment and preventing catastrophic climate change;
  • Dr Theresa Mercer is a Lecturer in Biogeography & Planetary Health for the School of Geography at the University of Lincoln. An interdisciplinary environmental scientist with broad interests in environmental biogeochemistry, biogeography, ecosystem services, soil science, waste management, environmental pollution, environmental and climate policy;
  • Dr Andrew Kythreotis is a Senior Lecturer in Political Geography in the School of Geography, University of Lincoln. His research and teaching revolves around the broad themes of climate change and the environment and how its policy, politics and governance is constructed around socio-spatial ontologies;
  • Dr Sheila Moore Andrus has a dedicated career as an environmental scientist, science manager and educator with a focus on global health, climate change and sustainable development. She attended COP24 as a delegate from the Diocese of California and a member of the Episcopal church delegation;
  • Dr Mark Charlesworth is a Human Geographer at Bishop Grosseteste University and a leading expert on policy responses to rapid and abrupt climate change and the theological implications of abrupt climate change and Earth System policy;
  • Dr Sarah L. Hemstock is Programme Leader for Geography at Bishop Grosseteste University. Sarah was an author and adviser to the Alofa Tuvalu ‘Small Is Beautiful’ project— a UNESCO ‘Decade of Achievement Project’, and authored and led the multi-award-winning €6,000,000 EU Pacific Technical Vocational Education and Training on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Project;
  • Professor Matthew Cragoe is Professor of Modern British History and Pro Vice Chancellor for the Arts at the University of Lincoln.  He has published widely on the history of the eighteenth and nineteenth century countryside, and has a particular interest in the social history of religion in this period. He currently Chairs the UK National Committee for UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere programme.

Click here to see the introductory video for the conference.

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