Saturday 23/10/2021, 11.00am - 5.15pm BST

PAST EVENTS: Tablet Autumn Festival - on the road to COP26


Tablet Autumn Festival - on the road to COP26
Join us for a one-day line-up of live webinars to discuss what is at stake at the UN climate summit in Glasgow

Saturday 23 October 2021


11.00 - 11.30am Official opening by the Editor of The Tablet, Brendan Walsh and Mary Creagh, founder of Mary Creagh Advisory, and a chance to meet some of The Tablet team for a discussion of how the media are reporting the climate emergency.


11.30 – 12.30pm On the road to COP 26 – rising to the challenge of climate change – but how? Ruth Gledhill, The Tablet’s Online Editor, picks up this discussion with Andy Atkins, the CEO of A Rocha UK and Chair of the Climate Sunday Initiative and Christine Allen, Director of Cafod.


2.00 – 3.00pm Healthy planet, healthy people. How far do we have to go to make this statement a reality in today’s world and what can the Catholic Church do to help? Austen Ivereigh talks to Josianne Gauthier, Secretary General, CIDSE, Lorna Gold, Chair of the Board of the Laudato Si Movement and Fr Sean McDonagh, an Eco-theologian.


3.30 – 4.30pm How can the Catholic Church mobilize to use her land for good and help indigenous people? Christopher Lamb, the Tablet’s Rome Correspondent, introduces Sr Alessandra Smerilli, interim secretary of the Vatican's dicastery for human development, who will give an introduction on the Holy See's work on the environment and hopes for the COP26 summit. Christopher will then talk to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Indigenous people and Molly Burhans, the Founder of Goodlands; awarded “Young Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations in 2019.


 4.30 – 5.00pm On the Road to Cop 26. The Rt Hon Gordon Brown, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010 and Mary Creagh, founder of Mary Creagh Advisory who served as chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from 2016 to 2019, talk about the key stumbling blocks to climate change and what can be done to overcome them. 


5.00pm Closing remarks from Amanda Davison-Young, CEO The Tablet Publishing Company