Xavier Houot is Vice-President – Sustainable Supply Chain for Schneider Electric. A company that is using digital data to cut through CO2 emissions in buildings, data centres and houses around the world. Retrofitting high tech control devices cut emissions by controlling every aspect of a buildings emissions from lights to heat to the energy for a lift. The future is arriving now with personalised controls on app to regulate all services to each person in a building. And Xavier lives a sustainable lifestyle too.
Gary, 23, has dedicated his young life to stop the carpeting of Bali beaches to with plastic trash. Arriving as a child, 8, from France he started aged 14 campaigning to clear up the plastic covering the beaches of Bali. Now he has invented a grill to capture all the waste coming down the rivers but still needs $500k to cover every river, sort the plastic and turn it into usable items. And he wants to meet the new Minister of Tourism who should have the money to save this precious tourist paradise.
Christian Toennesen is a sustainability expert who has advised media companies to champion sustainability content. It is the responsibility of all media content producers to create and drive sustainability messages. He argues their greatest contribution to saving the planet is to change attitudes and behaviours of their audiences. He tells us about Sky, C4, ITV and BBC and how the competition between them has pushed the agenda for the front.
Anne – Sophie Fontaine is the head of sustainability and corporate communication for Bonduelle a family owned French producer of chilled, frozen and canned vegetables. We learn how we have to reeducate ourselves to increase the relative proportion of vegetables versus meat in our meals if we are to feel the global population and reduce global warming. Anne-Sophie proposes a simple action to put cooking back on the education agenda in schools so that children are taught how to cook and like vegetables and pulses as the alternatives to meat.
Alex Ely is founder and owner of Mae architects. Alex has been passionate for his whole career in pioneering ways to create new buildings and refurbish existing ones that minimise the impact on the planet. As an award winning architect he is both inventing new techniques and inspiring developers and public departments to commission buildings that use environmental design at its core.
Suzy Hutomo Santoso lives in Bali Indonesia and is an activist, environmentalist and entrepreneur. Suzy is the franchise owner of The Body Shop across Indonesia and has built the company from one store to a top 5 country worldwide. More than that Suzy continues to set up new companies to turn her passions and ideas around recycling and environmentalism into action. Suzy is on the board of Green Peace Asia and is a fantastic spokesperson and representative of the campaigns. Don’t miss how she is now making her own environmental tooth paste.
Christina Dean has dedicated herself to taking action to save the planet. She runs Redress an organisation that both collects and recycles fashion clothing and educates the industry to be more sustainable. Christina reveals shocking facts that explain why so few items of clothing can be recycled. Why so little of the clothes we buy are sustainable. Why she is trying to make a difference.
Tania breaths the world of luxury. Starting as a jewellery buyer at Harrods she then ran her own luxury jewellery ecommerce business. An emerging passion for sustainability led Tania to be COO of a collective of sustainable luxury brands. Luxury goods made in a sustainable way can cost even more than those made normally which has led Tania to coin the phrase ‘A new type of luxury’.
Zander Sebenius works for the Potential Energy Coalition. They are researching ways to improve the climate change messaging so that it leads to action. Zander shares the fascinating story of campaigns which repositioned their language to strengthen the support from American people and politicians. At present the language of “climate change” is too enormous for people to feel they can make an individual or collective impact. Changing the way we describe what climate change is, can change the way we behave towards solving it.
Jeremy Schwartz is host to the Saving Tomorrow’s Planet podcast and former CEO of The Body Shop – makers of vegan body lotion, skincare, hand sanitisers, body butters
Jeremy shares how, as CEO, he and his team turned The Body Shop’s 5 values into a single minded Company Purpose. Inspired by a trip in the Amazon jungle, the three word purpose, Enrich not Exploit, led to the cruelty free cosmetics campaign “Forever Against Animal Testing”, doubling the fair trade ingredients and the “Bio Bridge”, re wilding campaign to protect endangered animals and plants.