Environment & Climate Scotland: Any Questions? - RSA

Environment & Climate Scotland: Any Questions?

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  • Climate change
  • Environment

Join us for a fascinating and insightful discussion on environmental and climate change issues in Scotland.

Please join us for a fascinating and insightful discussion on environmental and climate change issues in Scotland. This event is one of two being held in advance of a day conference coming up on 16th March 2023 titled “F5: Future Food, Fisheries, Farming and Forestry”. The second event leading up to the conference will be held on 17th January and will explore issues relating to land use in Scotland. More details on this can be found here.

This event is open to everyone, and also has links to the RSA’s recently published ‘Design for Life’ document, which can be found here. Our panel members will offer opening statements on issues of critical importance, which will be followed by questions and a discussion. Hannah Brodie will also be outlining a measurement toolkit recently launched by Edinburgh Science. This event serves to emphasise that determined and impactful action is needed in the very near future if Scotland- like all countries committed to sustainable development goals- is to meet published targets. Action is thus needed by each and every one of us.

Whilst there will be an opportunity for questions during the event, we would also encourage you to send in any questions you may have in advance.

Panel Members

Petra Biberbach, Biberbach Consultancy, was until September 2022 the CEO of Planning Aid Scotland and has a history of working in architecture and sustainability. Prior to moving to Scotland, she was Senior Policy Officer for the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England. In Scotland her activities have been diverse and include being a Sustainable Development Advisor for CoSLA, where she developed and pioneered the first sustainable development training programme for Elected members and Senior Local Government Officers. Between 2016-222 she was Vice-Chairman of Link Group and other appointments have included being Director of Zero Waste Company, chairman of the Planning, holding a Ministerial Appointment Loch Lomond National Park Authority and a board member of ACOSVO. Earlier appointments include membership of the Steel Commission and close involvement with the campaign for the Borders Railway. Petra is a Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Audit (IEMA).

Hannah Schlesinger Brodie is the Director of Development and Marketing at Edinburgh Science. She has over 20 years of fundraising and relationship/partnership development across Medicine & Science, Heritage and Culture, Third Sector and Higher Education with a focus on Corporate Partnerships. She specialises in relationship building, external and internal engagement, strategic planning, campaign marketing and communications, team building and staff development. At Edinburgh Science she has advanced the organisation in new directions – innovation and business development in Climate Change – launching indicatives such as The NetZeroToolkit and Climate Co-Lab series. She has worked with the Government (Scottish and UK), engaging at Ministerial level as well as with policy makers and within the cultural sector on large-scale event development and delivery. More information can be found here.

Freddie Ingleby is Managing Director of Caledonian Climate, Scotland's peatland restoration specialist. With ten years of operational experience working for global corporates, Freddie describes himself as “the eyes and ears” of Caledonian Climate. He works closely with business and landholding partners to build strong, lasting relationships and maximise mutual benefits. Freddie has a background in farming, a love for the Scottish countryside and a desire to make a positive personal impact on rural communities and ecosystems. Caledonian Climate prides itself on delivering high-integrity, values-led projects that can be tailor-made to the requirements of individual businesses and landowners, reducing carbon emissions and boosting biodiversity. Whilst the process of peatland restoration can be a daunting one, involving feasibility studies, securing funding, selecting the right contractors and a complicated verification procedure, Caledonian Climate, supported by an Advisory Board, seeks to streamline the process, and ensure maximum value is returned on natural capital with minimal risk.

RSA Fellow Dr Martin Valenti joined the SOSE team in July 2021. He leads the economic and community development agency’s efforts to help the region to transition to a NetZero economy. This includes taking forward the work of the South of Scotland Energy Transition Group’s Powering Change call to action. Martin is an award-winning sustainability practitioner and serial disruptor, with extensive experience of strategic business engagement and innovation. Martin worked for SEPA for 17 years where he held a number of senior positions. He played an instrumental role in setting up Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, and also co-created the award winning 2050 Young Leaders Climate Group. In 2018 he created the Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce to transform how Scotland deals with its post-industrial legacy to make more use of land for commerce and communities. He also held a secondment at Scottish Enterprise as Head of Climate Enterprise and strategic lead for COP 26.

Navraj Singh Ghaleigh has been at Edinburgh Law School since 2003. Previously a barrister in London and Lecturer at King's College London, he undertook graduate work at the University of Cambridge, the European University Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar. A significant part of his work consists of engaging with practitioners in the climate world: legal professionals, public bodies, and civil society actors. These engagements include advisory roles, board memberships, and sharing research with stakeholders via presentations or publications. He writes the climate law content for LexisNexis and his work has been widely cited and reviewed in the quality press, and parliamentary reports. I advise philanthropic foundations, regulatory agencies, committees, international organisations and industry. My work in bridging the research/policy gap comes together in his role as Chair of Climate Strategies, a global network of climate researchers with offices in London and The Hague. These research and practices areas deeply influence his teaching in the Global Environment and Climate Change graduate LLM programme, which he directs, integrating cutting edge legal thinking with climate research in cognate disciplines including business and geosciences.

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