David Saddington is a young British environmentalist and climate change influencer who has revolutionised government policy and sustainable business strategy. From the United Nations to the beaches of Ibiza, David has worked to create game-changing collaborations to tackle climate change.
He has seen the impacts of climate change first-hand, from leading scientific expeditions to melting ice caps to working across Africa to build resilience to extreme weather. David's environmental work started 12 years ago when he was a teenager after he was impacted by flash floods in his hometown in North Yorkshire.
He was chosen by the UK Government to communicate climate change to the public in a landmark media campaign that reached over 3 million and worked with then Prime Minister Tony Blair to get climate change education into UK schools.
He now works as a sustainability expert to help business 'go green' and is on the board of Nile Rodgers 'We Are Family Foundation' to support young entrepreneurs.
He is a multiple TEDx speaker on climate change and last year he was named as the WWF Earth Hour Hero for his environmental work.
In the past year, he has spoken in Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Nigeria, Hong Kong and Zambia as well as the UK.
Speaking TopicsClimate Change:
- Climate Change (Science, politics, society)
- Interactive climate science lecture
- How to get people to care about climate change
- Environment/nature (Appreciation of nature, plastic pollution, conservation)
- Renewable energy
- UK climate leadership & BREXIT
- Stories from the ‘frontline’ of climate change – scientific exhibitions and on-the-ground action.
- What does the Paris Agreement & Sustainable Development Goals mean for your business?
- The business case for going green
- How to attract and retain millennial consumers and talent
- Green Investment
- Smart Cities
- Careers in climate change
- My Story – Overview of my work, lessons learned and stories from expeditions.
- How to be a more effective activist
- 3 TEDx talks: TEDxTeen 'Why I Don't Care About Climate Change', TEDxZwolle 'Find your wild side to tackle climate change' and TEDxCityUniversityLondon 'Why aliens are our best chance of solving climate change'.
- Shell: Keynote address on how to engage more young people in the low carbon transition. Followed by debate chaired by BBC Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed.
- Enercon GmbH: After-dinner keynote address to 1000 guests at the wind turbine company's 1Gw Celebration dinner hosted at the National Museum of Scotland.
- BBC Radio 2: Jeremy Vine show debate about low carbon transport.
- British Council/ Hong Kong Science Museum: Series of interactive 1 hour science lecture on climate change. Featuring live experiments. Audience primarily of young adults <25.
- Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong: Guest lecture telling the ‘story’ of climate change and its implications for society.
- Oceanic Ibiza: Keynote speech and chaired high profile debate about plastic pollution at eco-festival in Ibiza
- Accenture: Keynote on sustainability in business and emerging trends.
- University of Cumbria: Guest lecture on MBA course of leadership & sustainability.
- ZERO conferences, Oslo: Closing keynote on how to make people care about climate change. Speaking alongside the Prime Minister of Norway and CEOs of car industries.
- Girard-Perregaux: Keynote at high profile fundraiser in Paris on David's glacier expedition to Iceland and how business can respond to climate change.
- Greater London Authority: Guest lecture at London’s City Hall on communicating climate change.
- Durham City Council: Chaired panel debate with politicians, business leaders and academics on climate change.
- United Nations and World Health Organisation: Address on climate change, youth engagement and public health. Also chaired debates at the famous Paris Climate Conference.
- Guest lectures at Oxford University, Durham University, Warwick University, Kings College London, Trentino (Italy) regional educational authority, Kellett School.
What the Clients say:
I knew from the outset David was a talented communicator but his achievements since have quite simply been staggering. He has established himself as one of the most important contemporary voices; helping others understand the scale and complexity of climate change and other important environmental challenges. His depth of experience, his enthusiasm and optimism can not be commended more highly.
Alex Palman - Former Climate Change Communications Manager, DEFRA
Every once in a while I come across someone who gives me hope. A great gift. Please don't just follow @EnvironmentDave Lead the way he does.
Glen Murray - Ontario Minister of the Environment & Climate Change
In all my years of working with youth, I've never been more impressed with ones preparation and impact. David took a very loaded topic and creatively spun it in a way you can't NOT care about climate change. His delivery on stage was sheer perfection. Jaws are still dropping around the world. In only 18 minutes, he redefined an issue and brought it to the forefront of everyones life.
Jess Atkins Teutonico - TEDxTeen Curator
The Royal Geographical Society was pleased to welcome famous Youth Climate Change activist David Saddington to speak on "Our Climate: a 22,000 Year Journey through Climate Change". David spoke with the authority, passion and panache that one would expect from such an accomplished young activist and public speaker. But he also was very engaging to those with less scientific knowledge. His passion for the topic is of considerable inspiration, together with his positive message that there are things that everyone is able to do to assist.
Rupert McCowan - Director of Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong
I was delighted about the argument and about the depth into which David explained climate change. Studying glacier evolution helps us to understand climate change and helps in finding possible solutions. David has a mission, and it is a very important one. I'm also sure that with his passion and competence he will be able to attract many young people to better understand climate change and to act with a eco friendly spirit
Michele Sofisti- CEO Gucci Watches and Jewelry
David speaks about the opportunities and challenges of tackling climate change from his experience consulting on the implementation of carbon and energy policies and on sustainability initiatives with multinational corporations. Watch Davids superb talk at the Shell 'Powering Progress Together' event here...