Shake up the System: How do we achieve meaningful change in society for a fair climate future

Together for a Fair Climate Future
Online Conference

21-22 September 2021


Shake up the System was a virtual conference to explore how behavioural, societal, and cultural changes can link to achieve meaningful systems change in the UK to address the climate crisis and develop a fairer society. The conference brought ogether learning and experience from across sectors – identifying common barriers and enablers to help all actors move forward in their work. 

Day 1 panel discussions

Day 2 panel discussions

Academics, activists, artists, communicators, community groups, companies, policy makers, regulators and other shared their insights and experiences of how change happens at these different levels, how social movements develop, and their ideas for the systems changes needed for a fair climate future. The conference highlighted major areas of focus for the UK in the lead up to the UN International Climate Conference COP26 in November 2021. 

Taking an interactive format, participants were encouraged to share ideas and examples from their own work and collaborate with other participants from across sectors to problem solve and work together to identify actions for enabling change. 

This event is part of Sustainability First's Together for a Fair Climate Future projectfocusing on how action for theclimate crisis and social justice can come together and how to recover from the pandemic in a way that’s fair and positive for the environment. 

Speakers included

Dr J
acob Ainscough - Senior Research Associate, Lancaster Environment Centre

Polly Billington - Chief Executive, UK100

Dr Anna Birney - Director, School of System Change

Samia Dumbuya - Climate Justice Activist

Dr Claire Forbes - Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Ofwat

Rachel Haworth - Policy Manager, ShareAction

Greg Jackson - CEO, Octopus Energy

Jean-Matthieu Gaunand - Project Coordinator, Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council Limited

Dr Nazmiye Ozkan - Head of Centre for Energy Systems and Strategy, Cranfield University

Serayna Solanki - Climate Justice Consultant

Hugo Tagholm – Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

Max Wakefield – Director of Campaigns, Possible (previously known as 10:10 Climate Action)

Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh - Director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations


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