Leaders Preserving Our Future: Pace and Priorities on Climate Change

On 3 November 2010, the World Preservation Foundation held a conference in Central Hall, Westminster, in partnership with Dods, the first name in political information and communications, to address the urgent need to find near term solutions to climate change.

Short-lived non CO2 climate forcers

Scientific evidence shows that the strong bias of current mitigation efforts toward carbon dioxide emissions reduction will not produce results sufficient to halt global warming in time to stop irreversible tipping points being passed.

In the run up to the COP16 UN climate change conference taking place just 4 weeks later in Mexico, this conference sought to bring to the forefront the crucial role of reducing shorter lived non CO2 climate forcers – methane, black carbon and tropospheric ozone – as an urgently needed solution at this point in time to help halt further rises in temperatures and climate change.

Delegates included Members of Parliament, NGOs, members of media, local government, celebrities and a cross section of civil society from different sectors.

World Preservation Foundation is underlining the immediate need for governments, industry, NGOs and the public to take action now to prevent any further damage to our ecosystems and our planetary life support system.

Carbon Offsetting

This event was carbon offset by growing edible playgrounds in London inner city schools in partnership with Trees for Cities.

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Mr. Anthony Kleanthous

TOPIC: Eating Earth: We are eating more food than the planet can provide at the cost of biodiversity and human lives...we need a new approach on food production and diet.

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Anthony Kleanthous is Senior Policy Adviser on Sustainable Business and Economics at WWF, the Founder of Sustainability Consultancy 'Here Tomorrow,' a Trustee of Sustain, the Alliance for Better Food and Farming, and a registered adviser to the UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He has authored several influential reports on business sustainability:

“Let Them Eat Cake” (WWF-UK, 2006)

“Deeper Luxury” (WWF-UK, 2007)

“Facts & Trends on Sustainable Consumption” (World Business Council for Sustainable Development, 2008),

as well as numerous articles.

Best of British and International Eco-Tec and Initiatives

An eco exhibition was run throughout the day featuring some of the leading initiatives in green technology and sustainability, demonstrating their importance and tangible ways in which they can be more widely adopted.

View our full list of exhibitors

Speakers' Videos

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Mr. John Topping

John Topping: Black Carbon and short lived-climate forcers mitigation - Conference Presentation

Professor Jefferson Simoes

The presence of black carbon in Antarctica and its effect on ice masses

Professor Arjen Y. Hoekstra

The water footprint of our daily consumer goods - why meat is driving water scarcity

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn

Dr. Esselstyn talks about his research findings and success on the reversal of heart disease, recognising the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Dr. Michael Greger

Dr. Greger speaks about the rise in zoonotic diseases - including swine flu - linked to factory farming.

Mr. Philippe Cousteau Jr.

Mr. Cousteau talks about the state of our oceans, including overfishing/ destructive fishing methods.

Summary video

Leaders Preserving Our Future: Pace & Priorities on Climate Change' conference summary video

Dr. Patrick Brown

A shift by the global food industry to promote plant based foods to ensure food and water security

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Reducing health care costs while improving care: A dietary approach

Mr. John Topping

John Topping: Black Carbon and short-lived climate forcers mitigation - Houses of Parliament Summary Presentation

Mr. Wally Fry

Inspirational talk on the human spirit, its ability to change and how to do it now, citing the success of Fry’s

Introduction video

Cooling the Planet - Fast Acting Solutions

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Healing and preventing chronic diseases through nutritional excellence