Where do we go from here?

By |2020-08-24T08:36:32+00:00August 24th, 2020|Biodiversity, Community, Deeper Thinking, Discussion, Education, Synchronicity Earth Events|Comments Off on Where do we go from here?

The profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our health, economies and societies has stimulated much discussion around what can be done to ‘build back better’ and what a ’new normal’ might look like. 

For the second in our Deeper Thinking webinar series, we invited nine speakers from diverse sectors, communities and generations to tell us – in the light of their experience of COVID-19 – what they think we need to leave behind and what we should develop and take forward. 

Alnoor Ladha  is an activist, radical systems thinker, of Sufi origin, and is devoted to changing inequality and climate change. He is the Executive Director of The Rules, and on the Boards of Greenpeace International USA and Culture Hack.

Jessica and Adam Sweidan, Synchronicity Earth founders, were our hosts on the day

Caroline Haas is the Head of Sustainable Finance at NatWest. She has volumes of experience in the education sector, being a Governor of a primary school, and sitting on numerous other philanthropic and development boards.

Dr Citlalli Morelos-Juarez began working in the Ecuadorian Choco, one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, in 2011 after applying to do a PhD at the University of Sussex. Originally from Mexico, Tali fell in love with the forest and moved to Ecuador where she is now Field Manager of Jocotoco’s Tesoro Escondido Reserve.

Kresse Wesling is a multi-award-winning environmental entrepreneur and Young Global Leader with a background in venture capital. She is obsessed with waste and is an alchemist – turning firehose and leather discards into objects of beauty.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist examining our fraught relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing, and curatorial projects, Daisy’s work explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity, and evolution, as she investigates the human impulse to “better” the world. Daisy exhibits internationally and is a resident at Somerset House Studios, London.

Samuel Nnah Ndobe is an agronomist from Cameroon and a leading advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples. Through his extensive experience working in Central and West Africa with a range of organisations, including IUCN, Global GreenGrants Fund, UNDP, Rainforest Foundation Norway among others, Samuel’s experience and knowledge has been invaluable in helping us to develop a robust and successful programme in the Congo Basin.

Satish Kumar is an Indian British activist, author and editor. He has been a Jain monk, a nuclear disarmament advocate, and he has walked 8,000 miles on a peace pilgrimage. Satish is the founder of Schumacher College and the current editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.

Dr Amanda Vincent has been a driving force for ocean conservation for more than three decades, anchored in her speciality of seahorses. She was the first person to study these extraordinary animals underwater and in 1996 she co-founded Project Seahorse, a conservation organisation that works to save seahorses by finding solutions for coastal marine ecosystems. This year Amanda – who still directs Project Seahorse – won the world’s most prestigious award in animal conservation, the Indianapolis Prize, becoming the first person to win the award for ocean conservation.

Princess-Joy Emeanuwa is a 17-year-old nature activist, Ambassador and Young Trustee for UK charity, Action for Conservation, which inspires and advocates for young people to become the next generation of conservation heroes.



Listen to the second in our Deeper Thinking 2020 webinar series ‘Take it or Leave it: where we go from here, and other (wild) ideas’