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The future of the planet – in whose hands?

Join our host, BBC News Science Editor David Shukman, and four specialist speakers on April 6th to decide who holds the future of the planet in their hands.

Confirmed speakers: BBC News Science Editor David Shukman, Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack. More speakers to be announced soon.

When: Thursday 6th April 2017 - 7pm (bar opens 6pm)
Where: Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Cost: Free. Suggested £5 donation
The venue has accessible features for visitors including lifts and seating designed for wheelchairs users, For more information please see here.

Can’t make it? Watch online here from 6:55pm on April 6th and put your questions to the speakers on Twitter @Earthwatch_eur

Population growth, the over-exploitation of natural resources and climate change are literally costing us our Earth. The Living Planet Index (2016) predicts a decline in wildlife populations of two-thirds by 2020, unless we take action now.

Although there are roles to be played by government, business, investors and the public, who potentially holds the balance of power?

Leading BBC correspondent David Shukman will be chairing the debate about which sector holds the real power to address the biggest challenges we have ever faced and you will vote for who holds the key to the planet’s future.

Amelia Womack, Green Party deputy leader is representing government in this sustainability debate. Amelia says “Only through a green political movement which encompass social, environmental and economical change can we move towards a truly sustainable society”. Read more from Amelia.

  • Should business take the lead by embedding environmental sustainability into their activities and through the development of new technologies and business models?
  • Maybe the investment community is set to become an unlikely rescuer as environmental change becomes an ever-increasing risk?
  • Or does the answer lie in ‘people power’ where the public themselves make the changes required to live more sustainably?

Leading biologist and conservationist Ian Redmond will be representing the public sector in our debate. Renowned for his work with great apes and elephants Ian will be exploring whether the answer lies with people power to make changes for a sustainable planet.

We thank the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa for their financial assistance towards the Earthwatch Institute’s events programme.

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