David Saddington is the Head of the COP26 Nature Campaign at the United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and has been a long-standing environmental activist since he was 13 when he secured climate change on the UK school curriculum. A seasoned campaigner, communicator and policy advisor, he has advised governments around the world on international policy, led sustainability strategies for multi-national businesses and fronted a pioneering climate media campaign that reached over 3 million people including giving a TEDx talk at London's O2 arena.
He read geography at Durham University, UK from which he also holds a MSc. Since then, Mr Saddington has worked to stimulate climate action through providing features for media outlets like the BBC, by writing and by organising innovative large-scale public awareness. He led pioneering education reforms to get climate change on British school curricula. He is a board member of Nile Rodgers' “We Are Family Foundation” which supports game-changing youth leaders and is a Goalkeeper on the “Sustainable Development Goals” for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Some six years on from the Paris Agreement, with temperatures still rising and the world being reshaped after the global pandemic, the stage is set for the United Nations COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow. David Saddington outlines how COP26 can be a great step forward in tackling the climate crisis.
Good COP, bad COP?: What does success at the COP26 Glasgow climate conference look like?
In 2015, in Paris, world leaders committed to a historic agreement to tackle climate change. They agreed to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the rise to 1.5℃. They also agreed to step up efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to make finance flows for consistent climate-resilient development.
British environmentalist and now policy maker for the UK Government, David Saddington gives an insight into the upcoming climate conference and discusses how global collaboration is more important than ever in order to rapidly decarbonise and meet the goals of Paris. This principle of collaboration is at the heart of the UK's COP Presidency in the form of five ambitious campaigns - Nature, Energy, Transport, Finance, and Adaptation & Resilience. David will outline how these will make a difference, setting out what we can expect from Glasgow and how we can all be part of the 2021 year of climate action.