Dr Matt Winning is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources working on climate policy and the circular economy, especially on interactions between the environment and the economy, often using energy system and macroeconomic models. He is an author on the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate change, co-hosts the UCL Generation One podcast, and is a member of UCL Commission on Communicating Climate Science.
For the last decade Matt has also been a comedian after reaching the final of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2012. He performs live climate change comedy, including three different Edinburgh Fringe shows, and has a TEDx talk about the importance of using humour to discuss climate change. On radio he has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, and was a co-host of the BBC Radio 4 show Mark Watson and Matt Winning: Seriously, Though, The Planet. On TV Matt appeared as the environmental correspondent on Dave's 'Unspun with Matt Forde' and in BBC Scotland TV show The State of It. His debut book HOT MESS: What On Earth Can We Do About Climate Change came out in the UK in November 2021 with Headline Publishing, and is due for release in the US in April 2022. He is also on tour during April and May 2022 at venues around the UK.
Bring along your good quality, unwanted clothes and swap them for other preloved items!
Why are clothes swaps important?
Because the fashion industry produces more manmade CO2 emissions than aviation and shipping combined.
Because it takes three years’ worth of drinking water to produce the cotton needed for one t-shirt.
Because we throw away over 1 million tonnes of clothing every year in the UK alone.
Because 35% of microplastics released into the ocean come from clothing.
Why take part? Because swapping instead of shopping is:
• Planet friendly
• Wallet friendly
• Good fun
• Sticks two fingers up to fast fashion
Here’s the deal –
Rummage through your wardrobe for those gems that are still in great condition but you just don’t wear.
Browse the collection of good quality clothes looking for a new life and take home anything you promise to keep in circulation, wear and love.
Small items - T-shirts, shorts, blouses
Medium items - Blouses/shirts, skirts, trousers, summer knitwear
Large items - dresses, summer coats/jackets, winter knitwear
Extra large items - Winter coats
Special - Designer items, shoes, bags, belts, hats
Please ensure that:
Clothing is clean and in good condition (any faults please label).
If an item is missing it's label please add a tag to indicate size and brand if known
After the event, any un swapped clothes will be donated to charity. If you would like your item returned, please let us know when you drop them off. We cannot accept cash in exchange for items.
Outrage + Optimism cover the latest news from science, business, finance politics and culture every Thursday with a can-do attitude.
Their energetic hosts, Tom Rivett-Carnac and Paul Dickinson, and their brilliant guests share expert opinions along with healthy doses of both outrage and optimism that will leave you feeling informed and energised.
Over the course of the two days, our charity partner, The Connection, will host a stall to promote the work they do supporting people experiencing homelessness in Westminster.
They will be selling reusable coffee cups and water bottles from their online eco store ‘Show Your Connection.’ Everything they sell is made from sustainable or recycled materials, is ethically produced and profits support people to move away from life on the streets. Also on sale will be their own range of vegan Pick and Mix! With a wide variety of favourites to choose from, from the fruitiest gummies to the fizziest sweets, there is something for everyone!
They will also be promoting the wellbeing activities that the charity run to help their clients rekindle their passions and develop their confidence. Do pop over to see the photos of the beautiful community garden their gardening group have created and for the chance to buy some teabags which have been made from the herbs they have grown.
There will be collection buckets and card machines if you would like to donate or, alternatively, you can drop off a gift voucher or a care package which will be handed out during the first London-wide women’s rough sleeping census which will take place in October (more details on poster). Please do pop by, take part in their raffle and find out more about the amazing work they do to support the homeless population in the capital.
Women’s homelessness census – care packages needed!
The NetZero festival will be supporting The Connection with the first London-wide women’s homeless census in October. Outreach teams will be going out in every borough to chat to women who are rough sleeping so they can get more accurate data on women’s homelessness and ultimately, provide better and more tailored women’s services in London.
We’d love you to support with this by providing care packages for them to hand out. If you’d like to contribute, please buy all the items below and pop them into a gift bag:
Alternatively, you can donate an ‘All4One’ gift voucher so they can buy the above products.
You will be able to drop these off at The Connection’s stall during the festival.
The Terra Carta Design Lab is a Royal College of Art (RCA) student and alumni-led response to the environmental challenges our planet faces, and forms part of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative.
First announced in July 2021, HRH The Prince of Wales (Royal Visitor to the RCA) and Sir Jony Ive (RCA Chancellor, Founder of the creative collective LoveFrom and former Chief Design Officer at Apple) launched the Terra Carta Design Lab in partnership with the RCA. The initiative invited some of the world’s most talented design students to create high-impact, low-cost solutions for Nature, People and Planet.
Out of 125 original submissions, 20 teams of RCA students and alumni were shortlisted. All of the below teams were finalists in the inaugural Terra Carta Design Lab.
Projects were selected for their innovation, technical feasibility, potential for impact and alignment to one of the 10 Terra Carta themes:
● Energy in Industry and Buildings
● Natural Capital, including Agriculture, Land Use, Forestry and Oceans
● Mobility and Road Transport
● Fashion and Textiles
● Health Systems
● Plastic, Chemicals and Petrochemicals
These nine Terra Carta Design Lab finalists demonstrate the urgent need for collaboration between design, art, science, and engineering to produce viable and innovative solutions to the climate crisis.
Aerodynamic nutrient and seed pods made from food waste, that work with nature to accelerate regeneration up to 10 times. Mimicking natural processes, Aerseeds are carried by the wind to cover large areas and reach difficult terrains where they deliver nutrients and seeds to soils depleted by human activity, for ecological restoration and reforestation.
AMPHITEX by AMPHIBIO
Current performance outdoor textiles are impossible to recycle and use many harmful chemicals. AMPHITEX is the first 100% recyclable and chemical-free outdoor performance textile. It will be made from a combination of recycled and plant-based feedstock, resulting in a world-first carbon negative performance textile.
A digital twin for transparent energy use in buildings, addressing the climate crisis one building at a time. With energy in buildings and cities contributing around 40% of global carbon emissions, Digit’s mission is to address the urgency of the climate crisis by creating a hybrid device and platform that integrates a series of existing technologies such as digital twins in a unique way to make carbon and energy data in buildings more visible and actionable at scale.
A bio-based touchpad creating a global impact on e-waste whilst promoting local resources, craft and communities. In 2019 the UN reported that globally over 53 million tonnes of electronic products were thrown away. This is set to grow to over 74.7 million tonnes within the next 10 years. Home Grown aims to reduce e-waste by engaging directly with consumers to inspire behavioural change, to place manufacturing in localised areas and adapting product design to locally-sourced bio-based materials.http://emmaharriet.com/homegrown
An enterprise SaaS (software as a service) platform built on the blockchain that helps companies track, analyse and reduce their supply chain emissions. As companies race to reach their net zero targets, inC2 enables tracking of supplier emissions, offering robust security and privacy to both customers and suppliers, and provides traceable and dynamic ratings to support reliable procurement.
A data-driven artwork which ‘blooms’ in response to corporate and organisational adherence to sustainability targets and carbon emission reductions.
Race for the Arctic
A docu-game which transports players across the next 50 years of environmental, geopolitical and social conflict on the polar silk road. Built with science experts and indigenous communities, the game aims to bring three-dimensional colour to the cold data of climate catastrophe. As the game progresses, the stakes increase and players must navigate an increasingly complex and uncertain future.
A meaningful funeral service and cemetery that regenerates marine biodiversity, sequesters carbon and prevents coastal erosion. Connecting two seemingly unrelated industries: oyster reef restoration and the funeral industry, Resting Reef provides an eco-friendly burial and cemetery service which supports the restoration of oyster reefs; of which 85% have been lost due to human activity.
Taking contemporary art practice/performance as its starting point, the project investigates radically different and ethical ways we can engage with contemporary technology – aviation technology/drone storytelling, artificial intelligence (AI), neurotechnology, Web3.0 decentralised ecosystems (metaverse, DAOs, NFTs) to support environmental sustainability locally, working together with indigenous artists and communities.
At the Net Zero Festival there will be a dedicated theatre where short films will be played so you can find out all you need to know about our partners. From energy companies to sustainable businesses, there are a large range of partners to learn about.
Veganuary is a non-profit organisation that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. During the 2022 campaign, more than 620,000 people took the pledge to try a vegan diet, while more than 1,549 new vegan products and menu options were launched in key campaign countries.
Throughout the year, Veganuary encourages and supports people and business to move towards a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering and improving the health of millions of people.
Well, whether you have heard of Veganuary or not, we will be providing more information on the project and how to get involved at the Net Zero Festival. There will be recipe cards given out for yummy and easy vegan meals to make so that Veganuary is made easier for you.
Take actual feel good music and wrap it in some rhythmic soul, together with meaning and sincerity at its core. Without a doubt, Stone Jets is the where it is at if not the next big thing. A lot can be said about Given’s vivid voice and in equal measures Manfred’s guised guitar prowess but the fusion of the two, together with a simple yet substantial melodic songwriting style and strong live performances, makes them a formidable force on the verge of eruption.
Musically, the 20-year-old wanders somewhere between contemporary Irish Folk legends like Glen Hansard, and the great American Soul and Blues artists of the past.
He has cultivated a distinct, varied set-list that can take you from ferocious foot-tapping one minute, to a seductive stillness in the next. His self-produced debut single Paradise has now been streamed over half a million times and having spent most of the pandemic in quiet seclusion honing his production and writing skills, there is plenty of new music on the horizon in 2022.
‘Alive In America’ is the debut album from British singer-songwriter Henry Grace. Growing up in London and struggling with depression, songwriting became an outlet from an early age. His mental health grew worse after leaving school and, in search of change, he moved to America at 21. Living in Venice Beach, California, he overcame his depression and started working as a musician. There he released the EP ‘Crash the Moon’ before heading north to Berkeley to study literature. Two years later he released a second EP ‘What We Took from the Mountain’ and started touring relentlessly while advocating for mental health awareness.