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Learn how nature’s solutions can be harnessed in climate change challenge

01 October 2020

Learn how nature’s solutions can be harnessed in climate change challenge

An immersive digital event to unite the Humber in the drive towards a zero-carbon future will shine a light on the nature-based solutions that can make difference in the fight against climate change.

The Waterline Summit 2020 takes place this month, following the successful inaugural event last year, to build on the increasing momentum across the region to embrace pioneering technologies, attract major investment and create jobs in a growing green economy.

With Covid-19 restrictions in place, Marketing Humber is this year staging The Waterline Summit as a free, week-long online event, with specifically themed days. The event is organised with event partners the University of Hull and Yorkshire Water.

Nature-Based Solutions Day, sponsored by Bishop Burton College, will be held on Wednesday, October 21, from 9am-5pm.

A morning webinar will be hosted by BBC News Science Editor David Shukman and include speakers Emma Howard-Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency and UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation; Hilary Hamer, Chair of the Rooted in Hull project “Hull a Sustainable Food City”; and Bill Meredith, Principal and Chief Executive of Bishop Burton College.

The afternoon will include a student lesson delivered by Margaret Boyd, Education Adviser for Yorkshire Water, and the day will conclude with an alternative look at carbon capture through nature-based solutions by Andy Steel, CEO of Plant a Tree Today (PATT).

Mr Meredith said as a land-based college, Bishop Burton had a particular responsibility.

“UK agriculture is just one of the sectors of the economy which, as well as contributing to the problem, has the potential to be an important part of the solution, reducing the use of fossil fuels, capturing carbon and generating clean, renewable energy,” he said.

“As a specialist college with its own 360-hectare commercial farm, Bishop Burton is well placed to demonstrate farming systems which can make an important contribution to building a net-zero carbon economy.

“To that end, the college has set an ambitious target of making its farm net zero by 2030. This involves the development of precision farming systems which utilise environmental sensors and GPS technologies to variably apply seed, fertiliser and chemical inputs within the field, in accordance with a crop’s exact requirements.

“The Waterline Summit is for anyone with an interest in how we in the Humber can lead on the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protect our low-lying areas from the devastating effects of floods and increasingly erratic weather patterns.

“I will certainly be urging the college’s students to attend.”

The Waterline Summit 2020 takes place from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

  • Monday, October 19, 9am-5pm: Adaptation and Resilience Day, sponsored by Yorkshire Energy Park
  • Tuesday, October 20, 9am-5pm: Clean Growth Day, sponsored by Phillips 66.
  • Wednesday, October 21, 9am-5pm: Nature-Based Solutions Day, sponsored by Bishop Burton College.
  • Thursday, October 22, 9am-5pm: International Business Day, including a national business leaders panel discussion, sponsored by SSE Thermal.
  • Friday, October 23, 9am-5pm: Sustainable Financing Day, sponsored by HSBC UK.

All sessions are free to attend. To register, go to https://thewaterlinesummit2020.vfairs.com

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