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The Road to Zero Emissions

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Climate change affects every country on every continent. It’s disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history. Without immediate action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. Sadly, the poorest and most vulnerable are the most affected.” -

2019 was a record year for interest in Climate Change, with environmental activists and celebrity campaigners demanding emergency Climate Action from global decision makers. Sir Attenborough captivated millions with his BBC documentaries showing shocking footage of humans’ devastating contribution to global warming, and A-listers such as DiCaprio and Cumberbatch were among the big names leading Climate Action campaigns around the world.

But what captured hearts and minds the most was the relentless determination of a teenage activist from Sweden who rallied millions of protesters to stand up against the climate injustice and demanded authorities take action now and prioritise the environment. This is Greta Thunbergs’ legacy.

Echoing this, we believe a lot of small somethings can change everything. We’ve teamed up with The Climate Coalition (TCC)- the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change, to join their fight to protect what we love from Climate Change, and be counted. Waste Management and climate change expert Dr David Greenfield, founder of Circular Economy Club and SOENECS will chair a panel discussion with inspirational Speakers from Plastic Oceans UK,  Transport & Environment and Extinction Rebellion will be sharing their visions, strategies and calls-to-action for change. TRAID will follow with a 30 minute workshop (details below), and we’ll close the evening with networking over drinks and refreshments that will be provided.

Join this Smiley TALK on Wednesday 5th February at 6pm for a fun evening of engaging discussion, light bulb moments, calls-to-action and great networking. #LiveMoreSustainably #NoPlanetB.  This is our second TALK linked to UNGoal 13 (Climate Action) following our Circular Economy event in Brighton last year, part of our #FaceTheFutureSmiling campaign.

  • 6.00pm - 6.30pm – Welcome & Registration
  • 6.30pm - Event kicks off with an introduction to SmileyTALKS
  • 6.30pm - 7.00pm- Keynotes by Clara Goldsmith & Dilyana Mihaylova
  • 7.00pm - 7.45pm- Panel discussion chaired by Dr Greenfield joined by Transport & Environment, Extinction Rebellion and Plastic Oceans
  • 7.45pm - 8.20pm ‘23% Workshop’ delivered by Andrea Speranza from TRAID
  • 8.20pm - 8.30pm - Closing Remarks
  • 8.30pm - Networking session & refreshments
  • 9.30pm - Event Ends
  • Curated discussion showcasing the impact of Environmental Sustainability initiatives in Business, grassroots projects and individual activism from a cross-sector of experts;
  • Focus is on debunking climate change myths, outlining solutions and positive steps we can all take to tackle Climate Change, promoting calls-to-action we can start taking now.
A year ago the charity TRAID launched the 23% campaign to put back into circulation 123 million items of clothing that sit unworn in London's wardrobes. Since then, this campaign has helped Londoners make significant environmental savings, while showing that when it comes to clothes, taking care of the planet can be a fun and creative process. TRAID's 23% campaign workshop is an opportunity to learn more about what's not working in how clothes are currently produced and disposed of, and what each of us can do to build a more sustainable relationship with our clothes.
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Dr David Greenfield

Managing Director at SOcial, ENvironmental & EConomic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd

Dr David Greenfield

David has been working within the waste and resources industry in local government for over 20 years, he has procured and managed a waste PFI and spent the last 10 years advising local and central government. David is Chartered Waste Manager, Fellow of the CIWM, a member of SOCITM and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Clara Goldsmith

Campaigns Director at The Climate Coalition

Clara Goldsmith

Clara oversees programs such as their flagship Show The Love campaign- an annual high-impact public engagement campaign designed to engage a mainstream audience of millions across the UK. Since joining The Climate Coalition in 2017, she has led the organisation through an exciting period, which saw the coalition coordinate the UK net zero campaign- resulting in the UK becoming the first major economy to adopt a net zero emissions target this year- and The Time Is Now.

Andrea Speranza

TRAID Head of Campaigns and Education

Andrea Speranza

Andrea leads TRAID’s campaigning and education work to reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of our clothes.

Dilyana Mihaylova

Partnerships Manager at Plastic Oceans UK

Dilyana Mihaylova

Conservation scientist and projects manager with an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation, background in marine plastic pollution science, and extensive experience in corporate engagement, policy work, partnership building and collaboration within dynamic teams across a range of countries.

Greg Archer

UK Director at Transport & Environment

Greg Archer

Greg is a sustainable mobility expert, pragmatic environmentalist and technophile. A European he was recently repatriated to the UK after 7 years successfully leading the campaigning against the auto industries in Brussels.

Sarah Greenfield Clarke MSc

Media, Communications & Partnerships Lead at Extinction Rebellion, Director & Co-Founder at Climate Emergency Action

Sarah Greenfield Clarke MSc

Unstoppable force of climate action currently working with influential individuals to change celebrity culture & activism to actualise & amplify climate information across new audiences. Also supporting Extinction Rebellion with international partnership & creative messaging projects.

Jess Lichtenstern

Environmental activist & spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, Campaigner at Animal Rebellion

Jess Lichtenstern

Jess is an environmental activist in open rebellion against the government as a part of Extinction Rebellion. Her work focuses on organising and delivering talks and training activists in the skills they need to create change at a systemic level; direct action, facilitation, communication, musical deescalation and more.

Henry Chown

Climate Campaigns Manager at Friends of The Earth (UK)

Henry Chown

Henry Chown is a member of the Friends of the Earth’s climate team, previously focused on fracking for a number of years. In his spare time he leads a local divestment campaign.

 The Climate Coalition
Plastic Oceans UK
Transport & Environment
Circular Economy Club
Friends of the Earth
Extinction Rebellion
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Christina Medici

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at Smiley Movement (CIC)
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at Smiley Movement
  • Interests: Affordable and clean energy
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at Plastic Oceans UK

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