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The future of the planet – in whose hands?

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

When: Thursday 6th April 2017
Where: Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Cost: Free. Suggested £5 donation

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? Which sector of society could do more to protect and preserve our most precious resources? What steps need to be taken to save our planet and which sector will take the most effective action?

Leading BBC correspondent David Shukman will be chairing the debate society 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.

  • Should business take the lead by embedding environmental sustainability into their activities and through the development of new technologies and business models?
  • Is Government policy, regulation and taxation the best lever for making people and business appreciate the ‘real cost’ of their actions. 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?

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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