Keynote speakers

We extend a big thank to to all our keynote speakers.

Our four keynote speakers at the 2020 CCF Gathering offered inspiring, informative and challenging sessions. You can find out more about the keynote speakers below, and view recordings of their sessions here.

George Marshall, co-founder of Climate Outreach was our morning keynote speaker. Our afternoon sessions featured Mikaela Loach, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform and Alastair McIntosh.


George Marshall

Communicating the Climate Emergency

Drawing on recent research, good practice and insights from psychology, George will argue that public engagement is essential for climate action and will equip us with practical advice for talking about climate change more effectively in our communities.

George Marshall is a leading authority on communicating climate change. He has worked at every level of engagement from grassroots protest, large advocacy organisations through to government and intergovernmental policy. He is the author of ‘Don’t Even Think About it: Why our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change’ and co-founder of Climate Outreach, the British charity dedicated to building cross-societal support for climate action through effective communication.


Mikaela Loach

The climate emergency, justice and race

How are these issues connected and what are the implications for our work as community climate practitioners?

Mikaela Loach is a climate justice activist and cohost of The Yikes Podcast, a podcast about all things sustainability, including climate change, anti-racism, refugee rights and how many of the significant social and environmental issues of our time are interlinked. Based in Edinburgh where she studies medicine, Mikaela has recently been featured talking about the climate emergency on BBC News as well as in ELLE, Vogue, The Herald and Eco-age. 


Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Keynote session

We are delighted to confirm we will have an afternoon keynote session from the Scottish Government.


Alastair McIntosh

The climate emergency and over consumption

Alastair McIntosh has been described by BBC TV as “one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners.”

A pioneer of modern land reform in Scotland, he helped bring the Isle of Eigg into community ownership. On the Isle of Harris he negotiated withdrawal of the world’s biggest cement company (Lafarge) from a devastating “superquarry” plan, then agreed to serve (unpaid) on that company’s Sustainability Stakeholders Panel for 10 years.  

He is a fellow of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and a visiting professor at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow.

His most recent book is Riders on the Storm: the Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being A 10% discount is available when buying the book here by using the code keepscot2020 at checkout.

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