We Make Tomorrow summit

Wednesday February 26, 2020, 10:00 - 19:00

We are in a #ClimateEmergency

In the last year we have seen an explosion of action on the climate crisis; from sector-wide declarations of climate emergency, to young people leading global strikes, and the UK’s first ever party leader’s election debate on climate and nature. 

Join us for our flagship 2020 summit We Make Tomorrow: Creative climate action in a time of crisis to be at the forefront of an urgent and creative plan for change.

This provocativeintergenerational and action-focused event will bring creative-cultural leaders and institutions together with funders, grassroots activists, policy-makers and the scientific community to explore what creativity, leadership and innovation means in the context of climate and ecological emergency, ahead of the crucial COP26 climate talks.

What to Expect

Taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at the Royal Geographical Society London, we will bring together high-profile expert speakers and facilitators with an audience of over 300 from across the UK and beyond.

Together we will ask: What will the world be like in 2030, and what can the creative and cultural community do now to push us closer to the future we want?  

This day-long event will look at the political, demographic, economic and social forces driving our changing climate and devastating loss of nature, and explore how the arts and cultural sector can be galvanised to move us towards net-zero, whilst laying foundations for a more connected, viable and just future society.

Expect interactive sessionsperformances, high profile keynotes, and cross-disciplinary discussion. As a participant of this event, we would like you to bring your vision, experience and expertise to help shape and contribute towards the day.

Speakers include

BRIAN ENO, world famous musician, producer and trustee of Client Earth;
AFSHEEN KABIR RASHID, MBE co-Founder and co-CEO of Repowering London;
CHRIS STARK, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change;
JAMIE OBORNE, Manager of The 1975 and Entrepreneur Of The Year (2018);
FRANCES MORRIS, Director, Tate Modern;
JASON deCAIRES TAYLOR, sculptor of underwater museums and environmentalist;
KATE RAWORTH, renegade economist tackling social and ecological challenges;
KAREEM DAYES, musician and Founder of the Rural Urban Synthesis Society;
BARONESS LOLA YOUNG of Hornsey OBE, Crossbench peer and arts, culture and climate justice advocate;
NABIL AHMED, visual artist and Founder of INTERPRT;
NOGA LEVY-RAPOPORT, climate justice advocate with UK Student Climate Network;
FARHANA YAMIN, Veteran UN climate negotiator and activist;
DRILL MINISTER, drill artist and political activist;
CHARISE JOHNSON, Science policy researcher and environmental justice advocate;
LUCIA PIETROIUSTI, Curator of General Ecology at Serpentine Galleries;
ANDREA CARTER, Lead Producer, D6: Culture in Transit;
ZAMZAM IBRAHIM, President of the UK National Union of Students
SAM LEE, folk singer and musician and founder of The Nest Collective.

Full speaker biographies can be found here.

We will be announcing more names and further details very soon. But for now, don’t miss out – book your tickets now!

Preliminary structure for the day

9.30 – 10 Registration
10 – 10.30 Welcome and introduction
10.30 – 11.30 Session 1 + Q&A
11.30 – 12.30 Group panel
12.30 – 12.45 Performance
12.45 – 1.45 Lunch, networking break, screening and activities
1.45 – 2.40 Group panel and workshop
2.50 – 3.45 Group panel and presentation
3.45 – 4.15 Refreshment and networking break
4.15 – 4.40 Voices from the creative climate movement
4.40 – 5.15 Presentation and performance
5.30 Daytime event close
5.30pm – 9.30pm Networking drinks and performances (tickets to be booked separately, free to all attending during the day)

FULL DAY TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT however a limited number of additional half-day and digital access tickets have now been created. Click below to find out more and book.


Believe - sharing news of their fundraising bike ride
Craftivist Collective - hosting an activists retreat space throughout the day
Culture Declares Emergency - sharing campaign tips for declarers
Music Declares Emergency - sharing campaign tips for declarers
The Climate Coalition - inviting you to Show The Love for the climate
UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) - sharing campaign tips for students

Borough Wines - serving delicious organic wine by the keg
Eventbrite - providing equipment for a digital-first event
Focusrite - supporting audio/visual equipment
Seacourt - supporting zero carbon, Planet Positive Printing services  
Slido– helping collect Q&A’s and ensure the event is interactive
White Light – supporting audio/visual equipment