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Summit Theme Spotlight: Energy Transition

“Our geo thermal project could be done anywhere. Britain could be completely renewable by 2030.”

Sir Tim Smit KBE

As a species we are grappling with survival of life as we know it, in a universe of constant flux. No easy task given the forces at play but we have certain elements under our control, not least how much we extract from this earth. Transitioning from extraction, to harnessing or living in harmony with nature is our biggest challenge.

Our speakers and themes match this scale of ambition. The Eden Project’s Geothermal Switch is one example of a multitude of global projects realising this goal. Our friends at Future Crunch consistently provide us with positive news around many of these successes, one example being how the tragedy of Fukushima has given way to huge solar arrays providing energy.

Caroline Dennett has kindly agreed to join us after her brave but necessary stance in her consultancy showdown with Shell. They themselves are transitioning in some ways, but the massive tanker that needs not just turning but decommissioning altogether is the reliance on extraction, spearheaded by these behemoths that have bloated in our society’s systemic reliance on capitalism. Catch Caroline’s opening address on Day 1 at the Blue Earth Summit and later again on a panel discussion with Gail Bradbrook, XR co-founder, and Tessa Wernink, Fairphone co-founder.

Day 2 will see Accenture hosting discussions and workshops on Bristol’s path to decarbonisation. Mike Barry will also be running a workshop on transitioning business and how energy use can be an integral part of this holistic undertaking for all business.

Look out for more programme announcements over the next few weeks, as we explore ways to adapt and innovate in the face of the energy and cost of living crisis looming this winter.

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