This year we’re promoting a series of talks and debates as part of Bristol’s Big Green Week. All sessions take place in Colston Hall except for the two on 10 June which take place in the Bristol Marriott Royal on College Green. Tickets are on sale at the Colston Hall box office and online (see below). The full programme, ticket prices and booking details are at www.biggreenweek.com. You may also be interested in the panel discussion on 29 May 2012, Has the Environmental Movement Made Much Progress Since 1962?.
Robin Chase: The E-Transport Revolution 10 June 2012, 17.00-18.00: Transport innovator Robin Chase, founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service, talks about the future of transport in cities and elsewhere. PAST EVENT
Robert Lewellyn: News from Gardenia 10 June 2012, 18.30-19.30: Robert Llewellyn, presenter, actor, screen-writer, stand-up comic and author, talks about his work, including his forthcoming book, News from Gardenia, an anti-dystopian vision, in which he imagines a world where everything has got much better. PAST EVENT
Prue Leith: Healthy Food 11 June 2012, 12:30-13:30: One of our finest restaurateurs, writers and broadcasters on food, Prue Leith is also a campaigner determined to promote healthy food. Indeed, she describes the four years she spent as chair of the School Food Trust as the most important of her career. She talks about the importance of Slow Food, sustainability, food as pleasure and the importance of teaching children to cook. PAST EVENT
Sara Parkin: Positive Deviance 12 June 2012, 12:30-13:30: Why is it proving so hard to implement sustainability solutions? Sara Parkin, founder director, Forum for the Future, offers positive ideas to help people deviate around the barriers and do the right thing despite the perversities of the world around us. Twenty-first century leadership skills for everyone, not just for leaders.THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Eugenie Harvey: The Greenest Olympics? 13 June 2012, 12:30-13:30: Campaigning is at the heart of Eugenie Harvey’s work. From creating We Are What We Do, through collaboration with the designer Anya Hindmarch on the I’m Not A Plastic Bag project and involvement in 10:10, Eugenie has shown how change can happen at the everyday level. She reflects on this and on her involvement with the Olympics as a sustainability ambassador, and considers how and if an event like this can engage people in sustainability. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Vivienne Westwood: Climate Change 14 June 2012, 12:30-13:30: Fashion designer and environmentalist Dame Vivienne Westwood has tirelessly campaigned to help tackle climate change, believing that governments have been too slow to distribute funding for green projects. She talks about her long-standing interest and involvement in environmental campaigns and stresses that public opinion is the only thing that will save us. PAST EVENT
Dan Pearson and Fiona Reynolds: Nature Deficit Disorder 15 June 2012, 12:30-13:30: There’s considerable concern about the ‘nature deficit disorder’ where children especially but also adults are spending less time outdoors. Dan Pearson has developed The Millennium Forest, an ecological park in Hokkaido, Japan, which is designed to re-engage the public with nature and landscape. He discusses this and the ‘nature deficit’ disorder with Fiona Reynolds, current director-general of the National Trust. PAST EVENT
Transport innovator Robin Chase is the founder and CEO of Buzzcar, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, an innovative car sharing service, and also started GoLoco.org, a venture combining online carpooling and social networking.Visit her website at www.robinchase.org.
Robert Llewellyn, host of the Channel 4 series Scrapheap Challenge and star of the cult TV series Red Dwarf, has also worked as a screen-writer, stand-up comic and has written biographies, screenplays and four novels. Visit his website at www.llew.co.uk.
As a cook, restaurateur, food writer and businesswoman, Prue Leith has played a key role in the revolution of Britain’s eating habits since the Sixties. In 1995, having published twelve cookbooks, she gave up writing about food to concentrate on fiction. She has published five novels, the latest of which is A Serving of Scandal. Her biography Relish: My Life on a Plate was published in 2012. Visit her website at www.prue-leith.com.
Sara Parkin is founder director and trustee of Forum for the Future. She has written several books, including The Positive Deviant: Leadership for Sustainability in a Perverse World published by Earthscan.
Eugenie Harvey is the UK Director of 10:10, the campaign that resolves to cut our carbon by ten per cent a year. She has previously been involved in campaigns through the social change movement We Are What We Do. Visit the 10:10 website at www.1010global.org/uk.
Vivienne Westwood began her fashion career making Teddy Boy clothes for Malcolm McLaren and in 1971 they opened Let it Rock at 430 Kings Road, London. Her first catwalk show was presented in 1981, using the theme of pirates. In 2006 she became a Dame of the British Honour for her services to fashion. Visit her website at www.viviennewestwood.co.uk.
Dan Pearson is the Observer‘s green-fingered guru on all things horticultural. Visit his website at www.danpearsonstudio.com.
Fiona Reynolds is director-general of the National Trust. Before taking up the post she was director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office and was previously director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) and secretary to the Council for National Parks.
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