In this talk, Christopher Dent (lead organiser of the Festival) will explain what the Sustainability Festival is all about, what is happening through this exciting week ahead, and give a general introduction to the whole event. He will also explain what the historically important COP26 Climate Summit the UK is hosting is all about, and why it is so important to both global and local efforts on sustainability. This talk and the start of the Festival coincides with the start of the COP26 Climate Summit, the largest and arguably most important gathering of world leaders the UK has hosted to date.

Christopher Dent is Professor of International Business and Economics, Leader of SustainNET and Chair of the University’s Sustainability Group at Edge Hill University. He is an expert in the renewable energy industry, sustainability business practice, and the links between international trade and climate action.