david saddington FRGS
Climate Change Communicator, Scientist and Enviropreneur
Influencing UK & international policy, fronting a pioneering climate media campaign that reached over 3 million people and giving a TEDx talk at London's O2 arena are just a few of David Saddington's achievements as a climate change activist since experiencing a stark introduction to the impacts of climate change as a thirteen year old.
As a climate change communicator David works to raise the profile of the issue through blogging for media outlets like the Huffington Post, writing book contributions and organising innovative large scale public awareness events in the centre of UK cities involving outdoor cinema, interactive science experiments and panel debates. He is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to engage the public and is currently exploring using Virtual Reality technology to tell the story of climate change.
After leading education reforms to get climate change on school curricula David has pursued his own academic work studying climate science and a broad range of climate impacts from the environmental to economic, security & health implications.
Now at 26 David continues to be a contemporary voice and advocate for climate change action, speaking to a range of audiences around the world - from United Nations Conferences to MTV. David speaks about the opportunities and challenges from tackling climate change from his experience consulting on the implementation of carbon and energy policies and on sustainability initiatives with multinational corporations. He always seeks out innovative ways to re-energise the conversation around this global challenge.
He is a UK Board Member of Nile Rodgers 'We Are Family Foundation' which amplifies the work of game-changing youth around the world.
I was named the WWF Lifestyle Hero for my climate change work over the past 11 years.
Throughout 2016 I spoke at key business and innovation events on a range of topics, from challenging the role that young people have to play in the energy transition to proposing the most effective ways of getting people to care about climate change. As a consultant I worked to turn sustainability ambition into action with national governments and pioneering businesses.
I chaired and spoke at events at COP21, the historic UN Conference where the Paris Climate Change Agreement was negotiated. This international agreement set in place a plan to tackle climate change and I continue to be involved in the implementation of these policies as a consultant to various governments and multi-national organisations.
In my role as a climate change communicator I am working to shape UK Government policy and recently worked with the 'Pole To Paris' team to make policy recommendations to the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
I spoke at the opening of a United Nations sponsored climate change arts festival run by Theater Bonn. I am working with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change relating to Action on Climate Empowerment which is foccussed on climate education and youth involvement.
I was invited to be an expert contributor to the United Nations Environment Programme in their sixth Global Environmental Outlook Report.
I spoke at TEDxZwolle in the Netherlands, completed a lecture tour in Northern Italy and organised a landmark climate change communication event in Newcastle city centre called 'Ice & Climate'. At the same time I completed a Masters in 'Hazard & Risk' which addressed climate change policy, international relations, risk & security and disaster risk reduction. I completed a thesis which analysed the business case to go green.
I spoke at TEDxTeen at London's O2 Arena with the talk 'Why I Don't Care About Climate Change'. This controversial speech reflected on why more of us don't care about this global disruption and what we change in order to better communicate the importance of climate change.
I led a team to tranform the historic centre of Durham city into an outdoor cinema to showcase the award winning climate change docmentary Chasing Ice. This largescale climate communications event culminated in 'Climate Change Question Time', a panel debate which I chaired where the public could grill a panel of world leading experts on climate change and how it would affect the UK.
I continued my public speaking and climate change communications while educating myself about frontline scientific and social climate change research at Durham University. In the summer of 2013 I led a groundbreaking Royal Geographical Society sponsored glacier survey to Iceland to study Vatnajökull, the third largest ice mass in the world.
I was nominated and selected to be a Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader to represent the UK at a week long peace summit in New York. Through the summit and continued involvement with the organisation I have strengthened the global outrech of my climate change communication and receieved international, national and regional recognition for my projects and my individual work. These accolades include; NESTA Big Green Challenge, Big Bang Science Fair, BOC Environmental Award, Janet Jackson 20under20, Stockton Mayors Civic Award, Care for Your Area Award, Community Champion and I exhibited my work at Prince Charles' START Eco Garden Party.
I established my eco gardening social enterprise and developed my first eco garden at my secondary school in the North East of England. The growing portfolio of gardens and urban wild spaces invite people to re-connect with nature in their daily routines.
I was selected to be a Climate Change Champion for DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) and fronted a nation wide climate change media campaign with the BBC, ITV, Sky and regional press which reached over 3 million. I travelled to Switzerland to see first-hand the impact of climate change on Alpine glaciers and talked about these experiences at conferences, schools, shopping centres and even prisons around the UK.
In my role with DEFRA I met with the then Prime Minister Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street and discussed the implementation of climate change on the UK national curriculum. Climate change is now an essential part of youth education and I led teacher training courses to implement the new syllabus. Since 2007 I have pushed to expand these education reforms worldwide.
After being trapped in the middle of one of the worst storms on record to hit North Yorskhire, UK, I became very aware of the threat that climate change posed. The impact of these global changes meant that these floods would very likely increase in frequency and severity. 2005 was a time before climate change was big news so I started educating my peers in my school and community about 'global warming' and the impacts of a warming world.