Tony Juniper joins all-star line-up for ACO’s final Habitat Matters webinar

Tony Juniper joins all-star line-up for ACO’s final Habitat Matters webinar

Tony Juniper CBE, Chair of Natural England, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for ACO Water Management’s final webinar of the ‘Habitat Matters’ series.

The environmental activist and author is part of a diverse panel of speakers for the webinar, which will be facilitated by Adam Donnan MIEnvSc CEnv MBA, CEO at Institution of Environmental Sciences. The discussion will focus on how practices, companies and association groups can help to shape policies, and what future legislation for the protection of natural habitats should look like.

A variety of speakers have been scheduled to attend the event, representing a multigenerational cross-section of society. They include Judy Ling Wong, an artist and environmentalist, as well as representatives from both the UK Schools Sustainability Network and Youth for Nature.

Leading industry voices complete the line-up, including: Tom Butterworth, Deputy Head of Ecology and Technical Director for Natural Capital and Biodiversity at WSP; Joseph Lewis, Policy Lead at The Institution of Environmental Science; Savita Willmott, CEO at The Natural History Consortium; and Mathew Frith, Director at the London Wildlife Trust

Adam Cane, Sustainability Lead at ACO, commented: “After eight webinars that have generated some fantastic engagement, we’re really excited about the line-up to complete ‘Habitat Matters’. During the series, we’ve been able to discuss a variety of important topics, including how natural systems and biodiversity have declined in the UK, and why COP26 is so important in engaging the public on environmental issues.

“The final webinar brings industry leaders together to discuss one of the most important questions of the series — how can we inspire the 50% of the population who are disengaged with biodiversity loss and encourage them to join the conversation? It is a critical question without a straightforward answer, which is why we have looked to curate a panel of speakers from a diverse array of disciplines.”

So far, the ‘Habitat Matters’ series has seen over 1,000 participants join the conversation, either viewing live or watching on-demand on the Habitat Matters website. As the industry prepares for the most important conference on climate change for a generation, the final webinar is set to address some of the key issues. 

Adam went on to say: “With COP26 taking place in Glasgow this year, it’s an incredibly important time to provoke conversations on environmental issues in the UK, and elicit change. We’re expecting the national engagement on climate change to dramatically increase between the 31st-12th November and beyond, raising awareness on what we can do to limit our impact on the planet.”

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