The Parkhouse Environmental Talks

We are delighted to announce that the following environmental keynote speakers will be taking part in our Bude Bright Futures Festival, July 2nd, 11am-5pm. 

Our Speakers

A schedule of keynote speakers in the sustainable living sector will take to the stage to entertain, inspire and discuss the exciting opportunities we can embrace to bring about a brighter future.  These include the following :- 

 
1115- 1145  Mukti Mitchell - First Steps To Reducing Your Carbon Footprint.

A zoom presentation by Mukti Mitchell founded around his belief in ‘being the change you want to see in the world’.  In 25 years of pioneering work, low-carbon expert Mukti Mitchell has shown that cutting your carbon footprint makes you happier, healthier and gives you more joie de vivre. Many of you will have seen him on the TV recently. 

No tickets are required for this talk but please arrive early to assure a seat. 

1200 - 1245 Yvette Curtis - Women and Environmenstrualism. 

Yvette is the founder of Wave Wahines CIC a female surf therapy and empowerment surf club in North Devon.  She is also the South West Ambassador for Environmenstrualism and will be talking about the changes women can make to their lifestyles to have less impact on the environment.   

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1pm- 2pm Chris Hines MBE Chris Hines MBE Hon.D.Sc. - Use Every Tool, Use Them Better.

Chris has been working and campaigning for the environment for 30 years and revels in inspiring positive change. He was a co-founder and then Director of Surfers Against Sewage from 1990 till 2000. Regarded as “some of the Government’s most sophisticated environmental critics” by the BBC and “Britain’s coolest pressure group.” by the Independent, the SAS helped deliver massive environmental improvements. Chris was then Sustainability Director at the Eden Project for 5 years. This included conceiving and delivering “Waste Neutral”, an early version of the circular economy and helping embed the triple bottom line of sustainable business practice throughout the organisation. He’s given evidence to the UK parliament, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, the European Commission, briefed the President of the European Parliament, been a special advisor to the Minister for the Environment and appeared on a wide range of media from BBC World Service and Panorama to CNN. 

In 2008 he was awarded an MBE for “services to the environment” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Plymouth. Surfers Path Inaugural Green Wave Award winner (a global award).

He now aims to deliver positive change by working with clients with a shared vision, including sitting on the BBC’s Sustainability Advisory Group.

Chris works on strategic planning, communications, leadership and embedding sustainability principles as part of a profitable business, and strongly believes that business can be a force for good in a challenging world.

…and he still gets plenty of surfing in!

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2pm-3pm Rob Hopkins, Founder of Transition Network - From What Is to What If: why the next 10 years need to feel like a revolution of the imagination. 

Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, 21 Stories of Transition and most recently, From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want. He presents the podcast series ‘From What If to What Next‘ which invites listeners to send in their “what if” questions and then explores how to make them a reality.  In 2012, he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on Nesta and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals. Hopkins has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought and A Good Read, in the French film phenomenon Demain and its sequel Apres Demain, and has spoken at TEDGlobal and three TEDx events.

 

An Ashoka Fellow, Hopkins also holds a doctorate degree from the University of Plymouth and has received two honorary doctorates from the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. In 2020 he was a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Sustainable Behaviour Change. He is a keen gardener, a founder of New Lion Brewery in Totnes, and a director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, an ambitious, community-led development project. He blogs at transtionnetwork.org and robhopkins.net and tweets at @robintransition.  In his spare time, he sometimes does lino prints :-) 

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3pm- 4pm Nick Rosen - How to get planning permission and go off-grid in the UK countryside.  

 

Nick Rosen is an expert on micro-grids, and other forms of off-grid energy. He is editor of https://off-grid.net and author of HOW TO LIVE OFF GRID (Bantam). Nick will be launching his latest book on living off-grid and also showcasing his most recent film animation, entitled, ‘A Brief History of The Grid’ You may contact him at news@off-grid.net.

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