Date: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 11:30

Entrepreneurs, innovators and campaigners are among those who will be sharing the latest in sustainability at the Eden Project’s Festival of Hope on Sunday, November 27.

The Festival of Hope – Inspiring Sustainability will feature talks, music, art and exhibits. Among the speakers will be Eden's Co-founder Tim Smit, Surfers Against Sewage's Hugo Tagholm, Professor Tony Allan, the man behind the ingenious 'virtual water' concept, and inspiring individuals from ethical companies such as the award-winning tea makers Pukka Herbs and outdoors lifestyle retailer Surfdome who sell a skateboard made from recycled fishing nets (see picture).

Eden’s official partner Renault will also be on hand offering a chance to test drive one of their fleet of electric vehicles.

First held last year to mark the start of the climate negotiations in Paris (COP21), the event sets out to prove that a sustainable lifestyle and low-carbon future is one filled with optimism, great designs and clever innovations.

Visitors will be able to meet those who have made sustainability their business and are driving positive change, for example, the people behind the edible bottle Ooho!, diving gear business Fourth Element making swimwear from recycled fishing nets and Toast Ale who produce ale while addressing the issue of food waste.

Marine conservationists and campaigners will be on hand to help attendees get involved in making a difference, including Fathoms Free, Surfers Against Sewage, 2minute Beach Clean, and Cal Major, the intrepid paddle-boarder from Paddle Against Plastic. 

There will also be a chance to meet Eden's own catalysts of change, from the Big Lunch Extras community programme and the HotHouse business leadership courses. Film-makers and artists will be sharing their work as well, including climate change photographer Ashley Cooper from Global Warming Images and Chouette Films, with a special screening of 'Aghbalou: The source of water'.

For foodies, Eden has invited sustainable harvesters The Cornish Seaweed Company, food and health ambassadors from The Crunch 2016, and Cornish Edible Insects with their incredible selection of crunchy critters.

Amelie Trolle, Eden’s Sustainability Manager, said: “We want to show people that sustainability is driving innovation and that there are lots of people and positive developments out there already making a difference. That gives us hope for the future. The Festival of Hope celebrates this and nudges everyone to get involved in a big or small way and find ways to live a bit more sustainably.”

The Festival of Hope takes place in the Core Building at Eden on Sunday, November 27, from 11am to 6pm. Talks start on the hour every hour from 11am onwards. It is free to attend with a standard Eden admission ticket or Annual or Local Pass and there is no need to register. 

For more information and for the full programme go to www.edenproject.com/festivalofhope

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