Planet under Pressure - BRAVE collaboration press release
Leading scientists discuss environmental crisis at Planet under Pressure, but all the science in the world won’t be enough to save us.
In order to realise a truly sustainable world, having a vision is the most vital step. Great progress in understanding is pointless, unless there is clarity on where such progress will lead.
Three conference sessions, chaired by the BBC’s Quentin Cooper (‘the world’s most enthusiastic man’), will bring together leading change agents from the worlds of science, the arts, politics, business, faith and the global South with challenges for a collective vision for sustainability.
Europe’s chief scientist, Professor Anne Glover, speaking in the second session says:
‘My challenge for science is to communicate the evidence, illustrate the solutions and work with others to translate that into a compelling reason for all of us to change.’
The session organisers, including the British Council, NERC, UKCDS and CAFOD are launching a new initiative at the conference to take forward this agenda: the BRAVE collaboration - Big Radical Approaches towards a Vision for the Earth.
The aim of BRAVE is to provide a mechanism to encourage long term and strategic thinking on environmental change and its impact beyond funding cycles, political constraints and inertia. Recognising that problems will not be solved within disciplines but across them, the BRAVE collaboration is committed to inspiring research funders and key global change agents to look outside their own disciplinary boundaries.
Media briefing at Planet under Pressure:
- Weds 28, 1.45-2.15
- Room 2
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Sarah Howard, UKCDS Communications Officer
Mob: +44 (0) 796 099 6278/ Tel: +44 (0)207 611 8701
Notes to editors
1. PLANT UNDER PRESSURE SESSION DETAILS:
27 March, 12:30 – 13.30
Moderator: Quentin Cooper, BBC Radio 4
- Heather Ackroyd, Olympic legacy artist
- Professor Anthony Costello, Director of UCL Institute for Global Health
- Jamie Drummond, Executive Director and Co-Founder ONE Campaign
- Marie Sigsworth – Group Corporate Responsibility Director, Aviva
28 March 12:30 – 13.30
Moderator: Quentin Cooper
- Professor Lidia Brito, Head of UNESCO Science Policy
- Professor Anne Glover, EU Chief Scientist
- Giles Hutchins, Global Director of Sustainability Solutions, Atos
- Matthew Carter, Humanitarian Director, CAFOD
- Yvette Vaughan Jones, Executive Director, Visiting Arts
28 March, 17.45 – 18.45
Moderator: Quentin Cooper
- Dr Mike Edwards, Environmental Educator
- Dr Joe Smith, Open University
- Professor Sir Bob Watson, Defra Chief Scientist and Blue Planet Laureate
2. BRAVE COLLABORATION DETAILS:
UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) is a collaboration of 13 UK funders and stakeholders with an interest in development research, aiming to maximise the impact of UK research on international development.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences, to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system.
InsightShare are leaders in the use of Participatory Video methods as a tool for individuals and groups to build skills to act for change, through valuing local knowledge and building bridges between communities and decision-makers.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity, and which can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills and technological evolution.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, creating international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, working with partners in more than 40 countries across the world to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice.