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Day 2. 2 Preparing for Cop 26 – A view from the UK major cities climate action plan


2021 is the year of COP 26 and vital initiatives to unite the world in the fight against climate change. In this session we will be joined by representatives from 3 major UK cities namely Glasgow, Manchester and Belfast where we will explore the cities response to the climate emergency and their subsequent climate action plans and resilient strategies.

Brian Evans, Glasgow City Council; Richard McLernon, Belfast City Council; Jonny Sadler, Manchester Climate Change Agency; Chair: Carolin Göhler FLI, Vice President of the Landscape Institute

Brian Evans, Glasgow City Council

Brian Mark Evans is professor of urbanism and landscape at the Glasgow School of Art and Director of the Glasgow Urban Laboratory Research Group. In 2019, he was appointed City Urbanist for Glasgow, to act in a civic role as independent strategic adviser to the City’s leadership team on people, design and place. He has a doctorate in urbanism and design and is a senior adviser to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and UN-Habitat.

Richard McLernon, Belfast City Council

Richard is the Resilience Project Coordinator in Belfast City Council, coordinating the team and structures who are developing the Belfast Climate Plan. He manages the Belfast One Million Trees Programme and a number of programmes such as the development of an Adaptation Plan for Council.

Jonny Sadler, Manchester Climate Change Agency

Jonny is Deputy Director at the Manchester Climate Change Agency. Jonny is responsible for the operation of the Agency and leads on the development of citywide climate change policy, strategy, programmes, partnerships, communications, and funding. Working with local and international partners, the Agency works to engage Manchester’s 550,000 residents and 18,000 businesses, to enable them to collectively define the city’s future and play an active part in making it happen.

Carolin Göhler FLI, Vice President of the Landscape Institute

Carolin Göhler has over 30 years’ experience working as a Chartered Landscape Architect and Horticulturalist, with projects mainly delivered for public and third sector clients and employers spanning diverse green spaces, historic, botanic and play gardens. For over a decade as CEO, Carolin ran a charity with a diverse portfolio of countryside and heritage properties.

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