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Our speakers will look to the future and consider the likely impacts of global climate change, not just in terms of the environment, but also its political and social ramifications. In this opening session, Ruth Davis, a Senior Associate with E3G will deliver the keynote address. The session is chaired by Lisa Emberson, Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute York
Ruth Davis MBE is a Senior Associate with E3G. A writer, campaigner, political analyst and conservationist, she has over 20 years’ experience in the environment sector. Her areas of interest include the relationship between environmental politics, social justice and the wider politics of the common good; the importance of place and a love of nature in determining identity and fostering well-being; and how these forces interact with different models of economic development and democratic participation, to shape future land-use planning, housing and infrastructure choices.
She took her first degree in English at Oxford before studying at Kew Gardens and Reading University, where she obtained an MSc in Plant Sciences. Between 1997 and 2001 she managed an extensive programme of conservation projects for Plantlife – the Wild Plant Conservation Charity - before joining the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, where she led the Society’s work on water and climate change. From 2009 to 2015 she was Political Director at Greenpeace UK, where she helped develop and implement campaigns on climate and energy, fair and sustainable fishing and the protection of the Arctic. Ruth writes extensively about the philosophy, politics and practice of environmentalism, and was awarded an MBE for services to the environment in 2014.
Lisa Emberson became Centre Director of Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) York in December 2012. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of air pollution and climate change focusing on impacts on agricultural yields, forest productivity and the functioning of terrestrial semi-natural ecosystems. She is actively involved in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution and more recently has been involved in United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiatives to investigate the role of short-lived air pollutants (SLCPs) in human health, agricultural productivity and near term climate change.
She teaches Land Use Change and Management with a focus on the role of agriculture on land use change and the challenges facing agricultural development to ensure future food security, agricultural sustainability and agricultural livelihoods.