Trust Founder and Chair of Board of Trustees, Peter Head

“At the conference, I asked a couple of negotiators on stage: ‘Why aren’t we doing something about the issue of carbons emissions from coal-fired power stations for example?’ And they said it was not their job to do that. ‘That’s the job of someone else. We’re negotiators for national governments’.

So I sat down in an audience of 800 people and a woman in front of me turned round and said to me: ‘If you had the resources, what would you do?’ And I said I would get the top scientists, top business people, top financiers in the world together and persuade them to show that it is possible to do things differently because we know it is possible. You just have to go and demonstrate it. Then she said to me: ‘Winston Churchill in the last war didn’t have 100 people to win the war. He only had 15 experts from the air force, the navy, the army. Couldn’t you do with 15 people?’ I said yes, I probably could, with the right people with their global networks and so on. Then she looked me straight in the eye and said: ‘Why don’t you do it?’”

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