Creating and hosting events is in Synchronicity Earth’s DNA. We are in a fortunate position to be able to convene a diverse range of experts from across sectors. Whether hearing from our conservation partners, renowned scientists, artists, philosophers, or business leaders, we curate a range of events. Our hope and our goal is to share knowledge, connect people and inspire action.
Celebrating 10 years
We held our 10th Anniversary celebration at the Ham Yard Hotel, London, a perfect venue to bring together many of our longstanding donors, supporters and friends. This was an opportunity to thank them for what they have helped us to achieve, raise funds for our work and set out our ambition and aims for for 2020 and beyond. It was also the ideal platform to launch our new film, Bringing Conservation to Life, which received fantastic feedback.
During the evening, author and TV presenter Lucy Cooke hosted a discussion with two of our partners Citlalli Morelos-Juarez (Tesoro Escondido Reserve, Ecuador) and Marites Gatan-Balbas (Mabuwaya Foundation, the Philippines), who spoke about the work they are doing to conserve nature and improve lives in two of the most biodiverse places on Earth. We also heard from Jonathan Baillie (National Geographic), who has been a friend and advisor to Synchronicity Earth founders, Adam and Jessica Sweidan, since 2009, when the organisation was launched.
The Flourishing Diversity Summit
The Flourishing Diversity Summit in September brought 30 indigenous representatives from across the world to London, many for the first time. Arhuaco, Bishnoi, Khoisan, Ashaninka and many other indigenous peoples from across the globe came to share their cultural and ecological wisdom, connect with each other and create new opportunities to amplify their urgent and timely messages. Sessions at the Summit focused on Sacred Lands, Mother Earth and Building Alliances, while the Listening Sessions brought together Indigenous representatives with prominent Western figures from the worlds of art, politics, business, conservation and fashion.
The Summit and Listening Sessions were a co-collaboration between Synchronicity Earth, Jerome Lewis (Director) and Carolina Comanduli, of the Centre for Anthropology of Sustainability (CAOS) at UCL, Paola Bay, an artist and filmmaker and many others. The events were a tremendous success, generating extensive media interest and coverage, and sowing the seeds for future collaboration and activities through 2020 and beyond, not least at the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Marseilles in June, 2020.
Meet our partners
We invited donors and supporters to come to our offices in Cursitor Street to hear from two of our partners working in the Congo Basin, alongside members of our research team, to learn why community-led approaches are key to effective conservation.
Fabric of Life: Finale
The finale of the Fabric of Life series took place at the South Kensington Club. This was a chance to series participants and guests to reflect on what they’d learnt, what it meant for them going forward and to hear from some of our series ambassadors.
Fabric of Life: The Nature of Fashion
A part of our Deeper Thinking Series, The Nature of Fashion explored the cultural roots of fashion, thinking about how our consumer habits have literally changed our relationship to the clothes we wear. A distinguished panel of experts discussed our history of exporting our environmental impacts and how cultural uses of fashion have (and can) evolve(d). The panel, included Edwina Ehrman (Senior Exhibition Curator at the V&A and the curator of ‘Fashioned from Nature.’), John Sauven (Executive Director of Greenpeace), Kate Fletcher (Professor of Sustainability, Design, Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts, London) and Claire Bergkamp (Head of Sustainability and Ethical Trade at Stella McCartney, London)
The discussion was moderated by Ella Saltmarshe, a specialist in innovation and systems change.
Forces for Nature: Interviews with environmental funders
In Forces for Nature, fourteen key donors offer vivid insights into what motivates them to support environmental causes, and how they ensure that their giving is as effective as it can be in protecting life on Earth. The evening celebrated the recent successes of the environmental sector and included a panel discussion with some of the interviewees.
Rewilding: An evening with Isabella Tree & Charlie Burrell
An evening spent hearing about the inspiration behind the owners of the 3,500 acre Knepp Castle Estate in Sussex, and their extraordinary efforts to rewild the Estate.
Fabric of Life: Launch
The launch of our series hearing from world-class experts that laid out the roadmap for how we would use fashion as a lens to explore the concept of (un)sustainable fashion and its impacts on biodiversity.
It’s a Frog’s Life
At the launch of our Amphibians Programme at the Bluebird Café, the brilliant Lucy Cooke and captivating Helen Meredith provided extraordinary insight into the beautiful, amusing world of amphibians, highlighting the urgent need for us to to do all we can to protect them.
Fabric of Life: Prelaunch at The Conduit
A panel discussion at The Conduit, questioning our thirst for constantly buying more clothes, exploring how that is putting our ecosystems and species at risk, and exploring solutions and innovations that are working to reduce fashion’s impact on biodiversity.
Amphibian Fund launches in the USA
We have partnered with the Chicago Zoological Society (of which Dr Rabb was President for over 30 years) and we held a joint fundraising event at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago in September 2018 to raise money for our Amphibian Fund to provide more long-term and flexible funding for amphibian conservation where it is most needed.
Human Nature: Thinking about culture, values and the environment
Over the course of the evening, we explored three main components: how culture shapes our values and how values shape the world we live in; how culture and values determine our relationship with nature; and what new cultural narratives are needed to move us away from the environmental crisis we are facing. The conversations took us across time and deep into human history, demonstrating the rich cultural contexts that we have inherited and that shape so much of who we are today.
Hosted by JP Morgan, we supported a discussion about funding ocean conservation for their clients.
Our Planet (with WWF & Silverback Films)
A very special and rare opportunity for our guests to be a part of a historic and groundbreaking documentary Our Planet.
The Islands & The Whales
The London Premier of this award winning film exploring how the longtime hunting and fishing practices of the Faroese are being threatened by animal rights activism, plummeting wildlife populations, and rising mercury levels, with Director Mike Day.
High & Deep Seas Lunch
An event at the Fishmongers’ Hall in London to bring Foundations and funders together to talk about what can be done for the High and Deep seas and discuss potential pooled funding approaches.
Beyond the Horizon
With two extraordinary speakers, campaigner Mirella von Lindenfels and investigative journalist, Ian Urbina, we looked beyond the horizon and below the surface to learn more about the High and Deep Seas, and how Synchronicity Earth is supporting work to bring more protection to these overlooked and neglected ecosystems.
Connecting to our Roots
This lunch provided an opportunity for our supporters and friends to hear from a fantastic speaker and talk about community and connection. Across a long table, women gathered over a farm-to-table style meal prepared by Tom’s Feast to hear Satish Kumar speak about reconnecting to nature. While eating locally-sourced, delicious, seasonal food, our bodies and our souls were nourished.
Sisters of the Wilderness: An Evening with Ronit Shapiro
A conversation and sneak preview of a documentary about women’s empowerment and wild nature, by filmmaker Ronit Shapiro.
Cycling for Species
Our Director of Strategic Conservation Simon Stuart and his wife Ann cycled the length of the UK, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, to raise money for species conservation.
Last Chance Casino
On the evening of Thursday March 9th, Synchronicity Earth hosted around 250 guests at our spectacular Last Chance Casino at One Embankment in central London. With the support of a dazzling array of artists, entertainers, allies and friends, the focus of the evening was on FUN! We invited guests to gamble for our future (not with it) at roulette and blackjack tables.
Exploring the Congo Basin
An informal gathering with our partner from Cameroon taking a deeper look at the threats to opportunities for conservation in the Congo Basin.
Living World Lunch
On 5th May 2016, Founding Trustee Jessica Sweidan introduced the idea of a Women’s Alliance to build a healthy and abundant legacy for future generations, to a small group of women. She felt that women would respond to her message, and come together to support her and the growth of Synchronicity Earth. The initial response was enormously positive.
An Evening with Kristine McDivitt Tompkins
An intimate evening with one of the world’s most profound environmental philanthropists who, along with her late husband Doug, has protected more land than any other individual.
Regeneration: Addressing the ‘E’ in ESG
Synchronicity Earth held a ‘Regeneration Breakfast’ at the Royal Institution. These grand surroundings provided the perfect backdrop for us to introduce a new funding drive to help businesses have a positive impact on the natural world whilst also fulfilling the environmental component of ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) criteria.
Synchronicity Earth Deep Dive
An overview of the work that Synchronicity Earth does with a deep dive into some of the issues being addressed by our Conservation Programmes.
An Evening with Lisbet Rausing
Co-founder of Arcadia, one of the UK’s largest foundations, guests were treated to Lisbet’s ideas about supporting the preservation of nature and culture.
Batteries Not Included
The premiere of our film with artist Louis Masai called This is Now at his London solo show Batteries not Included at the Lollipop Gallery.
An Evening with Clare Shenstone
Synchronicity Earth helped to organise a private view of Clare’s extensive work at her home, where guests were able to learn more about her, her passion for the environment and the work of Synchronicity Earth.
Climate Change & Biodiversity
How Can We Take Meaningful Action?
Ahead of the gathering of World leaders in Paris, we discussed the relationship between Climate Change and Biodiversity
Held to honour 50 years of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, the Biophilia Ball brought environmental luminaries, musicians, performers, artists and guests together – amidst the dinosaurs and whales of the Natural History Museum – and guided us on a journey across many landscapes from the frozen arctic to the grasslands of Africa, connecting us to nature through all of our senses.
On 21st November, Synchronicity Earth invited over one hundred 12 to 18 year olds and their families to an event that marked a milestone in young peoples’ environmental leadership. The event was held at the Royal Geographic Society.
Disappearing Nature: Biophilia Art Auction
An impressive art auction including works by a range of established and emerging artists, each commenting on our relationship to nature, held at the Natural History Museum.
Marking 50 years of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, this interactive event helped primary school-aged children become explorers in their backyards.
This Is Now
In November 2014 we ran a street art campaign – This is Now led by Louis Masai, an artist committed to bringing environmental awareness to people through his street installations.
On 7th October, 2o14, Synchronicity Earth organised a screening of ‘Virunga’ at the Electric Cinema in London in conjunction with Global Witness.
Virunga, in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), is Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse national park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to Mountain Gorillas, Grauers Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Okapi and Elephants, supporting a wealth of cultural diversity, while providing homes and livelihoods for thousands of people in the region.
Hydropower: The myth of green energy
An evening highlighting the dark side of hydropower with Fred Pearce, and a screening of the film by Todd Southgate: Damocracy
An evening with Global Witness
National Resource Exploitation: A Tale of International Corruption delved into the nexus of corruption between business and politics, and how it impacts our natural world.
Project Ocean Lunch
We joined forces with Project Ocean at Selfridges to host a lunch conversation with Dr Sylvia Earle & Dr Heather Koldeway about the future of our ocean.
An Evening with Jeremy Grantham
An evening with legendary investor, Jeremy Grantham, learning about why he and his family have become the largest supporters of environmental causes.
Breakfast with the Tigers
A private breakfast in the new Tiger Territory at ZSL London Zoo. (why?)