Chloe ShearmanContent, Social & PR ManagerHuckletree11/05/2022
And we can’t take that road alone, which is why Earthrise Summit is returning for September 2022 with a mission to drive collective action toward a more sustainable urban future. And this year, it’s going global - with speakers addressing a virtual audience from stages in London, New York, LA, Berlin, Dublin, and Manchester.
55% of the world's population are now living in urban areas and The UN predicts this number to rise to 68% by 2050. Our cities are progressively defining the future of our planet and we need to innovate - fast. And it begs the urgent question: how do we rethink our cities to maximise sustainable impact on a global scale? How do we plan our urban landscapes to increase equity for marginalised communities? How do we maintain a sense of community within our cities, even at the rate they’re scaling?
It's time to pave a new, more sustainable and equitable direction for how we live, move, work, and play. A direction that accounts for everyone - whether you live at the city’s centre, or on the urban margins, whether the city is part of your daily work life or a place rarely encountered - the future of the city affects us all.
"Urbanisation is happening, and it's happening fast. We're choosing to focus Earthrise Summit on Urban Futures in 2022, as a key place for unlocking a more sustainable future. What happens in the city doesn't stay in the city. We have to address that." - Patrick Keogh, Programmes Director.
Launched in 2021, Earthrise Summit brought together highlight speakers like activist and model Lily Cole, and National Geographic photographer and film director, Jimmy Chin. This year, the summit will gather 50 speakers, each visionaries for how we build these cities of the future, including:
Jan Gehl | World-renowned Architect and Urban Designer whose life work has centred around reorienting our cities for pedestrians and cyclists. Jan has transformed the very fabric of urban spaces worldwide and we can’t wait to welcome him to the stage.
Tia Kansara | CEO & Founder of Replenish Earth and Special Advisor, UN Climate Change is dedicated to giving guidance to help governments, companies and individuals to make fulfilling commitments that benefit the world around us. Through her work, she empowers policymakers and companies on how to build smarter cities that replenish Earth, and harness local wisdom and global expertise.
David Chipperfield | World-renowned architect studied architecture at the Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before founding his own practice in 1985. He has built a design methodology that is now used across four offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. In his book On Planning – A Thought Experiment (2018), David explores and theorises the urban qualities of contemporary urban developments.
Liam Young | Speculative Architect brings his provocative edge and bold idea Planet City to Earthrise. This city, imagined in the future is home to the world’s entire population of 10,157,030,257 people and features 121,307 km² of hydroelectric canals, 2,357 algae farms, and hosts 2,555 cultural festivals and holidays. His visions are quite something.
Sudhanshu Sarronwala | Chief Impact Advisor, Infarm is a strategic visionary who has predicted and helped further systemic change and positions organisations to take advantage of that change. He recently joined Infarm, is a global network of urban farms that are closer to our communities and kinder to our environment. They grow a diverse range of top-quality produce all year round in the heart of urban environments.
Saskia Sassen | Dutch-American sociologist is noted for her analyses of globalization and international human migration. She is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Centennial visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Sassen coined the term global city.
Spanning a full day as we chase the Sun from Berlin to LA, discussions will be curated around topics such as How can we humanise our cities?, Future City Scapes: designing a brighter, more sustainable future, Urban farming: can cities provide a different path for feeding ourselves?, What can cities teach us about the climate crisis?, and so much more.
“The solutions to climate change fundamentally begin and end in our cities. We recognise a responsibility as an innovation ecosystem to unite our powerful network to drive real and meaningful impact - the Earthrise mission was born from this. With this summit, we’re uniting the world’s most action-led thinkers to inspire change towards a more sustainable future, for us and generations to come.” Gabriela Hersham, Co-founder and CEO
Chloe has both a way with words and an appetite for knowledge. She joins Huckletree from a background in the innovation ecosystem with brands such as Plus X and Central Research Laboratory. Previously a self-confessed craft beer nerd, she worked in experiential marketing with drinks industry domineers BrewDog. At the weekend, you’ll find her exploring London with her dog Lillie and getting cosy with a firstname.lastname@example.orgLinkedIn