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Should the Private Sector Lead on Climate Change?

DEBATE
Wednesday 16th March 2016
6.15pm, St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside

Two-pulpit debate organised in partnership between St Paul's Institute and JustShare.

With global, economy-wide and immediate action needed to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, what are the most effective drivers of widespread and measurable change? A strong push for transparency on the measurement and delivery of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) was negotiated at COP21 and there is now the pressing issue of how and where the most effective action can occur.

Given the ability for business to drive innovation and allocate financial resources, can the private sector step up to the opportunity and take a leadership role? Alternatively, does the complicated nature of vested interests, shareholder returns, competitive strategy, and the need for popular support mean that assertive government policymaking and activist pressure is required for the degree of behavioural change needed? Should the private sector lead the way on climate change, or does government need to demand a direction of travel?

Speakers:

(Affirmative) Jonathan Shopley - Managing Director, Natural Capital Partners

(Negative) Baroness Worthington - Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund Europe

with closing thoughts from Brian Cuthbertson - Head of Environment and Sustainability, Diocese of London

Chaired by Helen Wildsmith - Stewardship Director, Climate Change, CCLA


To register for tickets please visit:
beyondCOP21.eventbrite.com

Tickets for this event are free, but places are limited so registration is essential.
Doors open at 5.45pm for a 6.15pm start.