Footprint 2019

Footprint 2019 was held on 13th and 14th June 2019 in Durham Town Hall and was full of exciting seminars, lectures and discussion. Here you can look back at the speakers that attended and some of the presentations used.

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Sir David King

Professor Sir David King is a Partner of SYSTEMIQ and Senior Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda. He was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 2000-2007, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, 2013-2017, working with 165 Climate Change Attaches in UK Embassies, and Chair of Future Cities Catapult, 2012-2016. He travelled widely to persuade all countries to take action on climate change. He initiated an in-depth risk analysis approach to climate change, working with the Governments of China and India in particular (Climate Change: a Risk Assessment) , and initiated a collaborative programme, now known as Mission Innovation, to create a $25bn pa research and development international exercise, which involves 22 countries and the EC, to deliver all technologies needed to complete the transition into a fossil-fuel-free world economy.

He was born in Durban, educated at St John’s College Johannesburg and at Witwatersrand University, graduating with an Honours degree in Chemistry and a PhD. He has received 23 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world. He was Head, Department of Chemistry and Master of Downing College, University of Cambridge, and has published over 500 papers on surface science and catalysis and on science and policy. As Govt Chief Scientific Adviser he raised the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the British £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute. He created an in-depth Futures process which advised Government on a wide range of long term issues, from flooding to obesity.

He was Member, the President’s Advisory Council , Rwanda, and Science Advisor to UBS, 2008-12. He served as Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, 2008 – 2012.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991; Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002; knighted in 2003; made “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honeur” by the President of France in 2009.

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Doug Allan

Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug Allan
-Sir David Attenborough

How do you approach a whale underwater? Or get close and personal with polar bears without being eaten? Is it true your eyeballs freeze at fifty below? How bad is climate change up north, and what’s happening in the Antarctic?

Doug Allan is a documentary film maker and photographer, best known for his work in cold, remote places on BBC wildlife and expedition series. His presentation The Changing Poles talks about his 40 years of experience in marine biology, diving and filming. He has witnessed first hand how climate change is affecting both poles. Is there still time to turn the tide?

Doug spent eight years working as a research diver and base commander in the Antarctic on the British Antarctic Survey stations at Signy Island in the South Orkneys and at Halley. It was a chance meeting with David Attenborough in Antarctica in 1981 that took him into wildlife filming. Since 1983 he has filmed for many high profile award winning series for the major TV networks worldwide including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Forces of Nature and Nat Geo’s Hostile Planet, as well as making programmes for the Living Oceans Foundation about coral reef conservation and overfishing.

His photographic awards include eight Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals. He’s an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2018 he was awarded the RSGS Mungo Park Medal for his outstanding contribution to geographical knowledge through exploration.

He is now trying to raise awareness of the environmental issues facing the planet’s oceans.
Doug’s book will be on sale
Freeze Frame – a Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice £25

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Catarina Midby

Catarina Midby has worked in the fashion industry for more than 30 years. She started her career as a fashion editor at Elle magazine and then moved on to PR, trends and sustainability with H&M Group. Last year she left the big high street brand to pursue a career as a consultant and also to start up her own sustainable T-shirt brand. MIDBY STUDIO launched recently and the founder has thereby gone from the biggest to the smallest brand, with just 5 women’s tees sold through her online store. She intends to become one of the main players within the world of affordable fashion T-shirts with an added sustainability value and remains committed to making fashion sustainable - and sustainability fashionable.

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Eva Rehse

Eva Rehse is Executive Director of Global Greengrants Fund UK. Global Greengrants operates an activist-led small grants model, which supports grassroots organisations and activists in responding to their local needs. Global Greengrants’ mission is to mobilise resources for communities to protect our planet and work toward a more equitable world. To achieve this mission, Eva engages with European philanthropy and individual supporters, promoting community-led environmental sustainability, environmental and socialjustice, and climate justice. She is a member of the European Steering Group of the EDGE Funders Alliance (Engaged Donors for Global Equity) and the Alliance Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, and an alumni of the Oak Foundation and Resource Alliance’s Future Leaders Programme.

Jodie Stempel

Jodie Stempel is an intern at Global Greengrants Fund UK where she assists the organisation in its grantmaking, fundraising and communications activities. Prior to joining Greengrants, Jodie volunteered on organic city farms and community-led environmental projects in Australia. She also worked as an intern for ‘Green Commodities’, a small development programme for the UNDP in Panama which focused on transforming the commodity sector through sustainable projects and policies. Jodie holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development with a pathway in Politics from the University of Edinburgh

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Pam Warhurst

Pam cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative begun in Northern England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community, she called it propaganda gardening.

Pam Warhurst CBE has been an activist and advisor for over 40 years. She has been involved in local politics and national policy as the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, which advises on and implements forestry policy in Great Britain.

She also cofounded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership that encourages community engagement through local growing. Incredible Edible started small, with the planting of a few community herb gardens in Todmorden, and today has spin-offs in the U.S. and Japan, counting over 100 groups in the UK and 600 world-wide. Incredible Edible empowers ordinary people to take control of their communities through active civic engagement, redefining prosperity through the power of small actions.

Today Pam chairs the Incredible Edible Network, supporting and amplifying the work of groups around the UK, she also chairs Pennine Prospects which works with local authorities, government agencies, businesses, voluntary organisations and the local community to deliver a range of initiatives including the objectives of the “Heritage Strategy for the South Pennines”.

She is currently developing an expression of Incredible Edible across the Northern Power House called Incredible North and works as part of a global network of social entrepreneurs, as an Ashoka Fellow.

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Anna-Lisa Mills


Anna-Lisa Mills | Director – True North Sustainability and Smart Carbon
FIEMA, CEnv, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Anna-Lisa is a Fellow Member of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist. She has completed Al Gore’s training programme to become a Climate Reality Leader and is an active member of IEMA’s Climate Change and Energy Steering Group as well as IEMA’s North East Regional Steering Group.

Anna-Lisa is a Director of True North Sustainability and SmartCarbon. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria and an approved trainer for a range of IEMA, NEBOSH, IRCA, BSI and NQA courses. In addition, she is a Principal Consultant & Advisory Group Member of Climate Action North (a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company).

Anna-Lisa Mills has developed the SmartCarbon on line Calculator which has been used by hundreds of companies, of all sizes and sectors, to measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint. Working with ForestCarbon Ltd, Anna-Lisa has established the North East Carbon Partnership initiative, whereby local business can collaborate to calculate and offset emissions via the creation of a new local woodland. More info at this link.


On the 1st May 2019, the UK government became the first in the world to declare a Climate Emergency. In the months and weeks preceding this announcement, we have seen Climate Change make the front pages of the newspapers, the phenomenal, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Greta Thunberg gave her outstanding ‘can you hear me’ speech to UK MPs and her latest climate school strike saw an estimated 1.5 million young people take to the streets globally, in what is thought to be the largest environmental movement ever. The wonderful Sir David Attenborough delivered his most powerful documentary yet BBC Climate Change: The Facts. Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, repeated his warnings to banks and insurers of the financial risks associated with the impacts of climate change and Legal and General announced plans to dump fossil fuel investments.

There is no question that it is time to stop pressing the snooze button – it is now or never! This must be our Decade of Change!

LinkedIn / Twitter: @Anna_LisaMills
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Sharon Lashley

Sharon Lashley is a Director of an Environmental consultancy and training organisation, Enviro UK Consultants working within the sustainability, waste management and renewable energy sector. Sharon is a registered trainer for the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and delivers both Foundation and Advanced level Waste Smart courses. Sharon is also the Regional Chair for the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) in the North East and also a founder Director for Climate Action North East, a community interest company, working to promote Climate Action in the North East. Sharon is also a Beach Guardian, Sea Champion and Beachwatch Organiser for the Marine Conservation Society carrying out regular beach cleans on North East Beaches.

Sharon will be talking about her work as a sustainability practitioner, renewable energy project manager and waste management consultant as well as offering advice on how to reduce the use of single use plastic and minimise your plastic footprint.
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Sam Jury

Sam Jury is an artist who works across the mediums of moving image, installation, sound and photography. Jury's work investigates the psychological impact of moving image and societal narratives of trauma. Her interest in the slow violence experienced by the individual through causes such as climate change, mass displacement and war has resulted in two major projects. Firstly, Climart (2012-17) – a five-year, cross disciplinary research project with Environmental Psychologist Dr Christian Kloeckner (Professor of Psychology at NTNU, Norway), which investigated the efficacy of arts/science collaborations and the effect of visual arts in communicating climate change. Secondly, the ongoing Disasters of Peace (2017 - ) initiative, co-founded with writer and filmmaker Kamila Kuc, which examines filmic representations of disaster beyond the immediate spectacle. To date, work from the Disasters of Peace initiative has been screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA), Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery (London, UK). In 2018, Sam won the Research in Film (RIFA) Award, presented by the Arts Humanities Research Council, UK, for her film project exploring the long-term displacement of Sahrawi refugees. Sam is currently a part-time lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire where she leads the Contemporary Arts Practice Research Group.

For Footprint's programme, Sam will be discussing her work with environmental psychologist Dr Christian Kloeckner and share some of the visual art works that resulted from this collaboration, including the final commissioned artwork for the Climart project.
Image Courtesy of Tim Stubbings Photography

Sam's Website/Climart/Disasters of Peace
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Peter Shenai

I am an artist working across a diversity of media, including sculpture, music, video, performance and drawing. My work seeks to develop new ways of communicating data through physical artworks, enabling audiences to engage with scientific and cultural stories through tangible, interactive and multisensory encounters.

In Hurricane Bells I designed and cast five bells modelled on the structure of Hurricane Katrina. Struck in order these musical instruments produce a series of tones, representing the growing power of Katrina as it headed towards land. The bells were taken to New Orelans and survivors played them to mark the 13th anniversary of the storm, thereby sparking larger conversations about climate change and its cultural effects. The project is the subject of a Radio 4 documentary, currently available to listen to on BBC sounds online.

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Cllr John D Clare

Cllr John D Clare (MA Oxon) is currently Durham County Council Cabinet Support for Economy and Regeneration – one of his key aims being to encourage business. Named ‘Aycliffe Ambassador’ in the 2017 Aycliffe Business Park ‘Make Your Mark’ awards, he was a teacher for 36 years, a prolific children’s non-fiction author, and also served as Chair of Environment on Great Aycliffe Town Council.

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Diane Watson

Diane Watson was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1968, developing an early fascination with pattern and colour inspired by the wallpaper sample books brought home by her painter and decorator father. Diane went on to study Ceramics at Loughborough and later a degree in Textiles at Cleveland College of Art and Design, which led to a teaching post at CCAD where she eventually became course leader for Fashion and Textiles. Diane also has an MA in Ceramics, graduating from Sunderland University in 2009.

Since leaving teaching, Diane has thrown herself fully into her own practice, taking long contemplative walks along the beautiful north east coastline with her rescue dogs Bobby and Finn, to inspire her environmentally-themed work.

These have borne many discoveries, starting out as a quest for interesting flotsam and jetsam but culminating in an awareness of the extent of damaging impact of plastics which are washed up on the seashore.

Diane’s current work focuses on the myriad of plastic items washed up by surge tides along the North East coast. Her collection of thousands of plastic tops, toys, bottles, lighters and other discarded items are used to create kaleidoscopic patterns reminiscent of the 1970s wallpapers of her childhood.

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Paul Chandler

Paul Chandler was chief executive of Traidcraft, the fair trade pioneers, from 2001-12 and is currently a non-executive director of the Co-op Group, a Director of Shared Interest (which supports fair trade producers through providing borrowing facilities) and has recently joined the Fair Trade Advocacy Board in Brussels. He lives in Durham and in addition to a range of other non-executive roles is Chair of Durham Cathedral Council, Vice-Chair of St Chad’s College and Vice Chair of the County Durham Community Foundation.

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Mike Burrett

Mike has enjoyed a career in the seismic industry in technical and management positions on assignment in various areas of the world conducting seismic surveys to map the earth’s sub-surface to identify hydrocarbon reservoirs. Initially working for Geophysical Service International in their marine operations followed by 5 years in Italy on land operations. In 1980 Mike was appointed Operations Manager & Director of Sensor Nederland B.V., a subsidiary of Geosource Inc. and relocated to The Netherlands until retirement in 2009.

Mike was appointed General Manager & Managing Director of the Sensor organisation in 1992, participating in the consolidation of Sensor's global position with manufacturing and support operations in the UK, Houston, Calgary, New Delhi, Dubai & Shenzhen, China.

In 2005 Mike was appointed Senior Vice President of Sensor's parent company ION Geophysical Corporation with board positions in 6 ION subsidiaries.

A member of EAGE, PESGB, AMBA and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute up to retirement, Mike served on the Board of the British School in The Netherlands for 16 years. He was appointed to the MBA Advisory Board of Durham Business School in 2006 and to the Advisory Board of Durham Energy Institute in 2011. In 2016 Mike was appointed Vice Chair of the board. With BA and MBA degrees Mike is a committed technologist and educationalist and participates each year in the Durham University Business School MBA Boardroom Project.

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Prof. Jon Gluyas

Jon Gluyas is a geoscientist with both industrial and academic experience. Following a degree at Sheffield University and PhD at Liverpool, Jon joined the petroleum industry, starting work with BP in Aberdeen. For the next 15 years he worked exploration and production around the world including postings in China, Norway and Venezuela. Jon then joined mid-cap company Monument and subsequently Lasmo ahead of founding Acorn Oil & Gas in 2001. Acorn became the first company to successfully redevelop an abandoned North Sea Field. Acorn was sold in 2005, Jon co-founding Fairfield Energy and helping raise around $300 million of equity and $1.2 billion of debt.

Jon moved to academia in 2009 taking the first ever chair in geoenergy, carbon capture and storage at Durham University. He was Head of Earth sciences from 2011 until 2014 before becoming Dean of Knowledge Exchange and in 2017 became Director of Durham Energy Institute.

Jon’s research interests are varied. He has in the past few years worked on a novel monitoring method for stored carbon dioxide using naturally occurring sub-atomic muons with particle physicists and NASA scientists; developed an exploration strategy for helium with co-worker at Oxford University and tested it successfully in Tanzania and is currently working on improving energy security in the UK and decarbonizing the nation’s heating bill.

Jon has served as President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Earth Science Teachers Association. He has also served as board chairman for the British Geological Survey.

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Prof. Tooraj Jamasb

Tooraj Jamasb is Professor of Energy Economics at Durham University Business School and Co-Director at the Durham Energy Institute (DEI). He holds a PhD in energy economics (Cantab.) and has masters’ degrees in Energy Management and Policy from University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), French Institute of Petroleum (IFP), and Norwegian School of Management (BI), and BBA from Tehran Business School. He is a Research Associate at Electricity Policy Research Group (Cambridge), the MIT Centre for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), and Oviedo Efficiency Group, University of Oviedo. He is also Associate Editor of Energy Strategies Review journal.

His research includes energy sector reform; energy networks; incentive regulation, energy policy; efficiency and productivity analysis of energy utilities; energy demand and public acceptance, energy technology economics and policy, and energy issues in developing countries. He has participated on research and consultingprojects for the European Commission, Council of European Energy Regulators, several European energyregulators, several energy companies, Ofgem, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and The World Bank.

He is co-editor of the books ‘The Future of Electricity Demand: Customers, Citizens and Loads’, Cambridge University Press (2011);‘Delivering a Low-Carbon Electricity System: Technologies, Economics, and policy’, Cambridge University Press (2008); and ‘Future Electricity Technologies and Systems’, Cambridge University Press (2006). He has participated onprojects for the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), several European energyregulators, energy companies, and The World Bank.

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Barbara Vest

Barbara was appointed to the Management Team of Energy UK* as Director of Generation, Generation Division in June 2012.

Barbara is a member of the Executive Council of the House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies. Barbara serves as an elected Industry Member of the Balancing and Settlement Code Panel and is the independent Chair of the Joint European Stakeholder Group established by National Grid to manage the introduction of the Third Package European Network Codes. Barbara also is an industry member of National Grid’s Stakeholder panel.

Employed within the supply sector since 1991, initially with Northern Electric, Yorkshire Electricity and Gaz de France ESS, Barbara began working for the Association of Electricity Producers as Head of Electricity Trading on 1 March 2008. Barbara was a member of the Pool Executive Committee and several sub committees under the Electricity Pool. In addition she also served on the Scottish Modifications Panel, National Grid's Transmission User Group and the Gas Network Code Panel. During the early stages of the development of the New Electricity Trading Arrangements Barbara was involved with the Development and Implementation Steering Group and the Security of Supply Expert Group.

In January 2014 Barbara was appointed a Freeman of the City of London.

* The Association of Electricity Producers merged with the Electricity Retail Association and the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy in April 2012 to form Energy UK.

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Dr Charlotte Adams

Charlotte Adams is an Assistant Professor at Durham University. She trained as a hydrogeologist and for her PhD she specialised in the treatment of mine drainage. Charlotte subsequently worked for five years in the renewable energy industry and has undertaken multidisciplinary academic research on sustainable energy and water systems since joining Durham University in 2009. Charlotte manages the BritGeothermal research partnership and is currently leading work at Durham on the potential of abandoned mines to provide energy storage and a low carbon source of heat and cooling for the UK. She is also a Fellow of the Durham Energy Institute and a member of the University’s Carbon Management Team. In 2018 Charlotte was awarded the Aberconway Medal from the Geological Society to recognise distinction in the practice of geology with special reference to work with industry.

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Ekaterina Gladkova

Ekaterina Gladkova is a researcher at Northumbria University in Newcastle. Her project focuses on the links between support for intensive farming and environmental (in)justice in Northern Ireland. It examines institutional assemblages that advance intensive farming projects and scrutinises the strategies adopted by local communities in their struggle to resist environmental and social harms associated with the construction of large-scale farms. Ekaterina’s previous research concentrated on environmental and climate change governance in the Chilean Antarctic.

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Faye Tomson

Faye qualified as an Energy and Environmental Engineer, ESOS Lead Assessor and Cibse Heat Networks Consultant, specialising in low carbon energy development and resource efficiency. She has worked extensively in private consultancy in Scotland and England, and more recently has been working for the UK Government’s Heat Network Development Unit working with Local Authorities to develop their heat network projects. Faye comes from a family of farmers and horticulturalists and so has life long experience of food production and is a permaculture practitioner. Faye saw the opportunity to develop horticulture projects utilising waste heat, and this led her to develop her business, District Eating. Over the past few years Faye has been developing the District Eating concept, which she has now developed into a commercial proposition. District Eating provides a unique service, bringing together experts in the fields of horticulture, energy engineering and vocational training to help transform our food systems while increasing efficiency and economics for heat and power producers.

Faye will be discussing her career to date, energy and food production in the UK, and how her business District Eating brings together both industries for the synergistic benefit of both.

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Clare Day & Colin Robertson

Clare Day from SWECO and Colin Robertson from Bettys & Taylors will provide an overview of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), which is the professional body for everyone working in environment and sustainability.
IEMA supports, encourages and improves the confidence and performance, profile and recognition of all environmental and sustainability professionals and both Clare and Colin, who are also members of IEMA’s Climate Change and Energy Steering Group, will outline how IEMA’s membership grades operate and share with you the story of their environmental journeys.

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Vijay Shinde

In his presentation, Vijay Shinde, Grid Services Lead at Sweco will outline the developments and key challenges facing the UK charging infrastructure, as well as provide statistics, growth drivers and future projections for the EV industry. Vijay will also present key lessons and examples from Scandinavia.

Vijay has over 20 years’ experience in delivering specialist technical and regulatory advice on project delivery across the UK’s energy sector. Vijay also chairs REA’s EV sector working group.

He is retained by Investors and Developers for specialist advise in Energy Storage, Onshore and Offshore Transmission Networks, Solar, Grid and Electric Vehicles Charging Infrastructure..

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Dr Caitríona Ní Dhúill

Caitríona Ní Dhúill is Associate Professor in German at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and director of the Centre for Cultural Ecologies, which she co-founded in 2018. CCE aims to be a research hub for staff and students who are concerned with the ways in which the multiple challenges of the Anthropocene impact on the work we do in the humanities and cultural studies disciplines. CCE recognises that the rapidly changing context of ecological destabilisation changes the stakes and priorities of humanities research. Building on new approaches in the environmental humanities and ecocriticism, CCE insists on a broad definition of ecology that embraces the technological-cultural ecosystems in which human life exists.

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Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones is a former trade union rep for the environment and has carried out work for both national and local community groups for nearly ten years including many festival and public engagement events. Currently, Lauren’s focus is on looking at how people communicate on climate change and what it takes to engage with any individual on the subject. As a result, Lauren is involved in several projects with this aim.

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Wilf Richards

Wilf Richards, from Abundant Earth workers co-op, will be providing a brief introduction to permaculture design at this years Footprint Event. Wilf has been studying, practising and teaching permaculture over the last 20 years. This has involved landscaping, community gardens, managing aspects of the Abundant Earth smallholding in Durham such as our veg box scheme and hen area. Wilf is also involved in the local Transition Durham group.

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ReFuse Junkfood Project

We REfUSE to be part of a wasteful world.

We need to RE-think. We REscue, REclaim and RE-use, so that good food doesn’t become REfUSE.

REfUSE is a not-for-profit social enterprise which intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste. Our vision is to reveal the true value of things, places and people that are unjustly wasted or overlooked.

REfUSE is the local branch of The Real Junk Food Project, a network of organisations challenging criminal levels of food waste. 30-40% of food produced globally is either left rotting in fields, lost along the food supply chain or dumped into landfill. We intercept tonnes of perfectly good food due to scandalous systematic problems, overproduction, strict cosmetic standards, damaged packaging, unhelpful ‘best before’ dates, cancelled orders or just incorrect labelling. As part of TRJFP we also seek to raise awareness at an individual, industry and government level about the environmental implications of food waste.

REfUSE Cafe in Chester-le-Street was built October 2017-March 2018 by the community, for the community. It is run by volunteers, serving only food that would otherwise have been wasted on a ‘Pay As You Feel’ basis. PAYF means guests can pay for their meals in cash, but non-monetary donations of time or skills are just as valuable. We believe PAYF encourages us to think about the true value of food: the resources, time and energy that has gone into producing it, but also includes and empowers those who may struggle to afford food.

Since opening in April 2018, we have recused 28 Tonnes food from going to waste, and served an estimated 8685 meals.

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Campain to Protect Pont Valley

In January 2018 local people were joined by activists from all over the UK and mainland Europe to fight against opencast coal extraction in the Pont Valley, Durham. We set up an action camp in the ‘Beast from the East’, occupied the site for 50 days and took part in peaceful actions with the intention of preventing the opencast starting before the planning permission expired on 3rd June 2018. Around 20 protectors were arrested. Half had their charges dismissed on the ground of committing a lesser crime to prevent a greater crime.

Banks Mining are currently in the process of extracting 500,000 tonnes of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, from the hillside 300m from our homes. Despite his own government’s policies on climate, James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing and Communities, refused to revoke planning permission. He subsequently admitted his decision was flawed. A fresh decision is expected on 13 June, the first day of this conference. Watch this space.

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OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists) are a Durham based charity who aim to inspire young people through outdoor and sustainability education.
As a charity our vision is to 'Create a more sustainable world where all children can thrive'. Hence we seek to engage young people with the natural world, helping them to understand and appreciate the planet that supports them. OASES are working with Durham University on a project called 'Children 4 Climate Change?', which aims to teach children about the latest Climate Change research, allowing them to formulate their own viewpoints and share their opinions on a dedicated website. Any talk would be about inspiring children through sustainability education through projects such as this.

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Simon Bowens

Simon Bowens is Friends of the Earth’s Yorkshire and North East Campaigner. He has worked for the organisation since 2004, firstly at a national and European level as a transport and climate change campaigner, and in his regional role since 2008. Friends of the Earth is an international network of grassroots environmental campaigners working with communities to deliver solutions on climate change, protecting nature and cutting pollution.

More details on Friends of the Earth’s climate campaign can be found at Take Climate Action

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Wildlife Trust

Durham Wildlife Trust is a local nature conservation charity working to protect and restore wildlife from the Tyne to the Tees. The Trust manages 36 nature reserves, delivers landscape scale projects and provides opportunities for all people to access nature and discover more about local wildlife. Durham Wildlife Trust’s presentation will look at the current state of nature; local, national and global threats to wildlife and how the future survival of species requires a landscape approach to conservation alongside a shift in cultural values.

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One Clean Meter

One Clean Meter is a global environmental campaign aiming to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the oceans. We encourage people all around the world to visit the beach, clean-up a meter or more of seaside and share it via Instagram using #onecleanmeter hashtag or by sending it to us directly.

One Clean Meter runs a range of events both local and international, shares regular posts on Facebook and Instagram to promote a less wasteful lifestyle and share some useful zero-waste tips. Our geography is global: we have cleanups from Japan, Costa Rica, USA, Russia, UK, Australia, Spain and more

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St. John's EcoFest

The Ecofest is an annual event in the Neville’s Cross area of Durham, which aims to create a focal point for the local community whilst raising awareness of social justice and environmental issues. Now in its twelfth year, it attracts over 1,000 people of all ages. Sarah Chandler and Paul Jefferson have been involved from the outset and will share their experiences and ideas on how to run this kind of local event to encourage interest and participation in sustainable living.