Innovative green businesses are to play a leading part at a sustainability festival being held at the Eden Project, partner to The Planet Mark, on the eve of the Paris climate talks.
Electric car manufacturer Tesla, ethical clothing company Finisterre, sustainable manufacturer Interface and coffee recycler bio-bean are among the new breed of green enterprises that will be sharing their inspiring stories of sustainable innovation at the Festival of Hope taking place at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Planet First, provider of sustainability certification The Planet Mark, will also be there to provide a business sustainability clinic and to engage the public in an innovative campaign it is partnering on to inspire businesses, civil society and citizens to take action on 12 key climate change issues being negotiated in Paris.
Billed by Eden as “an upbeat event” to demonstrate “a different future is possible”, Festival of Hope with include speakers, stalls, workshops and music. It takes its inspiration from the words “we have a duty to hope”, which conclude the book ‘Only One Earth’ by Barbara Ward, a pioneer of sustainable development.
Festival of Hope is being held on November 29th, the day before global leaders gather in Paris to negotiate an international deal on climate change. Its message of hope has taken on added poignancy following the terrorist attacks in Paris this month that threatened to derail the climate talks.
Eden Project founder Tim Smit said: “The challenges that our generation and our children’s generation are facing will require the very best of us. That’s exactly why we’re hosting the Festival of Hope on the eve of the Paris negotiations.”
Planet First ceo Steve Malkin added: “The terrible attacks in Paris demonstrate the dangerous world we inhabit and the need to stand united and remain unwavering in our commitment to securing a better future for all.”
Planet First and Eden Project are both partnering with the NGO Eco Action Games on a COP21 campaign to highlight that individuals and civil society can contribute to the solutions to climate change. Although the details of the campaign are being kept under wraps until the start of the Paris talks, it takes the traditional ‘12 days of Christmas’ as its motif to explore the ’12 days of COPmas’ through a daily social media campaign that will explain in a fun and engaging way 12 important themes of the conference.
Alongside the launch of the COPmas campaign, the Planet First team will also be holding a business sustainability clinic at Eden’s Festival of Hope.
“We will be on hand to help any business, whatever its size, grab the opportunities being presented by a low carbon economy,” said Malkin. “We believe every organisation can be sustainable and can contribute to a planet where everyone can thrive. On average businesses that have The Planet Mark are saving £100 per employee per year and seven per cent on their carbon footprint.”
The Eden Project has itself achieved The Planet Mark after undertaking an environmental performance audit across all of its operations to measure carbon, energy, water and waste use.
Festival of Hope will take place from 11am until 5pm at the Eden Project near St Austell. A calendar of scheduled talks will be announced closer to the day.
For more information go to http://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/festival-of-hope