Born free to host event at cop26 climate change summit

6 October 2021


‘State of the Earth’ Question Time will take place in Glasgow, on 7 November 2021.

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As part of the Cabinet Office Green Zone event programme at the COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, Born Free will be hosting and chairing a ‘State of the Earth’ Question Time event at the I Max Cinema at the Science Centre in Glasgow on Sunday 7 November from 12.30 to 2.30pm.

Building on the success of previous events held at the Birdfair festival at Rutland Wildlife Reserve in East Anglia, the Question Time event will be chaired by Born Free Policy Advisor and Wildlife Advocate Dominic Dyer and will be based on the format of the BBC current affairs programme, with questions for the speaker panel being led by the audience.

The event will be held in front of around 400 people and will be livestreamed to a much larger global audience!

Tickets will be available free of charge via the COP26 website from 11 October, with most events also streamed live on the COP26 YouTube channel. 

Click below for full programme details and speaker events programme. 



The key focus of the event will be the importance of habitat, wildlife protection and animal welfare at home and abroad in a rapidly changing world where we face a growing climate emergency.

Key issues for discussion will include:

  • Population growth and growing demands on worlds natural resources leading to destruction of wildlife and habitats 
  • Growing impact of climate change on natural world at home and aboard 
  • The role of the media, broadcasters, writers and film makers in promoting awareness of the threats to the natural world 
  • The growing importance of animal welfare and recognition of animal suffering as a result of human actions 
  • How can public pressure can lead to political change when it comes to protecting wildlife, animals and the natural world 
  • The growing threat from industrial livestock, farming and food production to the natural world 
  • How can a younger generation be motivated to stand up for wildlife and the natural world 
  • The role of education and science in nature conservation 
  • The negative impact of the hunting and shooting industry on our native wildlife and landscapes at home & aboard 
  • Is wildlife tourism sustainable or does it ultimately pose a threat to the natural world 
  • The need to tackle wildlife crime at home as well as abroad
  • The growing threat to wildlife and landscapes from a huge increase in house building and major civil engineering projects like HS2 
  • The new generation of environment campaigners and their impact (Greta Thunberg, School Climate Strikes, Extinction Rebellion).


The speaker panel for the event will bring together a number of leading influencers, thought leaders and campaigners from business, journalism, wildlife conservation and animal welfare across the age generations.

CHAIR: Dominic Dyer – Born Free Foundation 

Deborah Meaden – Businesswoman & Investor 
Nada Farhoud – Environment Editor Daily Mirror 
Craig Bennett – CEO Wildlife Trusts 
Will Travers OBE – Executive President Born Free 
Pen Farthing – CEO & Founder Nowzad 
James Miller – Young writer, film maker & campaigner 
Bella Lack – Author, campaigner & Youth Ambassador Born Free 


COP26 will open its doors to the British public throughout the international climate summit, with more than 200 events being hosted in the UK-run Green Zone in Glasgow between Monday 1 November and Friday 12 November.

The Green Zone, hosted in the Glasgow Science Centre, will bring together young people, indigenous leaders, businesses and grassroots communities who will showcase cultural performances, exhibitions, talks, film screenings and technical demonstrations to a global audience.

Global singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding has also been announced as a COP26 Advocate. Ms Goulding will be raising awareness about climate change to audiences in the UK and around the world, promoting the importance of climate action to young people and will also be attending COP26 in Glasgow. Over 300 organisations will take part including:

  • Musicians in Exile, Glasgow’s asylum seeking and refugee musicians will perform music from their homelands with new songs created for COP26 about the impact of climate change on refugees now, and in the near future
  • An immersive multimedia IMAX experience, Can I live? from Fehinti Balogun sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement. It weaves his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts
  • ActionAid, featuring ‘Earth Observers’, a women-led debate on climate justice from space frontiers to frontline farmers. Female leaders including Nicole Stott (Veteran-NASA Astronaut) from the worlds of science, space exploration, activism and the arts will discuss how they’ve witnessed climate change from unique vantage points, and what they’ve learned about solutions, collaboration and ambition
  • Tron Young Theatre, featuring ‘Retro/Future’, a documentary film about the River Clyde made by six young Glaswegians who have been engaging with young activists in Colombia and exploring ideas around climate change in their countries.

COP 26 Principal Partners (Unilever, SSE, Sky, Scottish Power, Sainsburys, Reckitt, NatWest Group, National Grid, Microsoft, Hitachi and GSK) will have a strong presence at the COP26 Green Zone to share their experiences, showcase their commitment to fighting climate change, support and encourage others to do the same, and make a difference in a global issue of paramount importance.

They will all be hosting exciting interactive exhibition stands in the Green Zone, and running a host of diverse and interesting events and premieres covering a range of themes relevant to tackling climate change alongside other world experts and interesting speakers.

The Green Zone will also feature some of the individuals, businesses and organisations in all four nations of the UK who are all going one step greener to protect the planet, as part of the Government’s Together for our Planet campaign.

From a British FormulaE race car showcasing the power of electric vehicles, to the artwork created by children across the country to inspire climate action, the Green Zone will convey the passion and innovation of the UK’s fight in tackling climate change.

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