Make the Change
- Friday 20 September 2019
- 10am – 6pm
- Free entry to the Eden Project all day
Make the Change is a special one-day event taking place at Eden on 20 September to mark the beginning of a week of global events and action around the UN’s Climate Action Summit. You can enjoy free entry to the Eden Project all day.
This event offers free entry on the day to all, as a place to convene, connect and collaborate on the escalating climate issues facing the planet. Plus there'll be workshops, talks, film screenings, exhibits and more.
Visitors will be able to hear from individuals, thought leaders and organisations making positive environmental action. Highlights include:
- Keynote speech from philosopher Dr Glenn A. Albrecht, author of Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World, a book about the positive and negative emotions humans have with respect to the Earth.
- Film screening of the influential film A Plastic Ocean, with a plastic-related Q&A from producer Jo Ruxton.
- Drop-in carbon footprint sessions, run by mobile app makers Giki.
- Tips and tricks on low-carbon eating and drinking, from Cool Food.
- Plant an acorn – each and every visitor on the day will have the opportunity to do this, which Eden will grow on.
Come along to find new reasons to be hopeful, make new connections, and celebrate the individuals and groups making a difference – and demonstrating what we can all do to Make the Change and help safeguard the future of our planet.
Talks, ground floor of the Core building
- 10.45am: Welcome by Gordon Seabright, CEO of Eden Project
- 11am: Dr Glenn Albrecht: 'From the Anthropocene to the Symbiocene: An Emotional Odyssey'
- 11.45am: Open mic: a platform for young people to talk (or sing!) about the global climate strike.
- 12pm: Dr Rebecca Pearce is an Environmental Scientist and Geographer at Exeter University, and a member of Extinction Rebellion. She researches the impacts of extreme droughts and floods and human perceptions of water as a commodified resource.
- 12.30pm: Open mic: a platform for young people to talk (or sing!) about the global climate strike.
- 1pm: Jo Hand, the Co-founder of Giki, will talk about easy ways to cut our environmental impact and how we can all make a difference. Giki rates supermarket products on sustainability, health and animal welfare to help everyone reduce our impact and play a part in protecting the environment now and for future generations.
- 1.30pm: Helen Franks of Good Energy – a 100% renewable energy provider. Helen is passionate about using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
- 2.30pm: Fredrik Adams, Firglas Microalgae project. Fredrik is a cleantech entrepreneur with ten years' experience in technology venture capital. He has raised and deployed more than £120m into renewable energy and algae projects since 2010.
- 3pm: Anthony Ellis: 'Regenerative Agriculture - A new Future for and Food'. Anthony is qualified agronomist who has just returned form a four-year sabbatical in Australia where he worked with regenerative growers. He is currently working with the Westcountry Rivers Trust and South West Farm Consultants looking at sustainable systems.
- 3.30pm: Open mic: a platform for young people to talk (or sing!) about the global climate strike.
- 4pm: Dr Glenn Albrecht: 'From the Anthropocene to the Symbiocene: An Emotional Odyssey'
- 4.45pm: Open mic: a platform for young people to talk (or sing!) about the global climate strike.
- 5pm: Jozette Khimba, Stop Ecocide/Earth Protector
- 5.30pm: Open mic: a platform for young people to talk (or sing!) about the global climate strike.
- 5.45pm: Close/thank you by Amelie Trolle, Sustainability Manager of the Eden Project
Screenings, Classroom 4 in the Core building
- 10am: A Plastic Ocean: This is an award-winning feature length documentary brought to you by a group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists, that explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. The screening will be followed by Q&A session with Producer Jo Ruxton, Founder Director of Plastic Oceans Foundation UK. (Film running time: 102 mins.)
- 12pm: The Twelve: This film gives a voice to wisdom traditions through the words of these twelve Elders. They share important messages that we can all benefit from in these troubled times. The screening will be followed by Q&A session with film team at Le Ciel Foundation, Olivier and Sophie. (Film running time: 75 mins.)
- 2pm: A Plastic Ocean (see details above)
- 4pm: The Twelve (see details above)
Workshops, Lab in the Core building
- 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm: Giki Workshop: A brand new digital platform to help all of us cut our environmental impact in every part of our lives. Please come along to get involved.
- Plant an acorn
- Eden Membership
- Clean Cornwall
- Cool Food
- Good Energy
- Stop Ecocide/ Earth protector
- Cool Earth
- Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition
Green your travel to the event
We’re encouraging visitors (and staff) to travel to and from Eden on the day by zero- or low-emission transport, to cut their carbon footprint. Find out more about travelling to Eden on foot or by bike, or visiting us on public transport.
Pledge to Make the Change
Make a change in your life to help fight climate change and biodiversity loss. Every action helps, however small. Together we can make the change. Act now. The future remains ours to make. Pledge to Make The Change
Resources for school teachers
Make the Change – in your school
On Friday 20 September Eden Team members are offering to visit a limited number of local schools free of charge, using low-emission transport, to deliver the lesson to interested students. Find out more.
Free lesson plan – Responding to Climate Change
Eden’s School Team is providing a free, downloadable Climate Response lesson plan, with the aim of supporting young people to be able to respond confidently to the climate emergency and in a way that makes sense to them. Download the lesson plan.