Chris Hines – Surfers Against Sewage
Chris Hines MBE has been campaigning against ocean plastics since 1990. He’s given evidence to the UK parliament, the Monopolies and Merges Commission, the European Commission, brief the President of the European Parliament, and been a special advisor to the Minister for the Environment 1997-2003, the Rt. Hon Michael Meacher MP. He has also taken his expertise to the media and appeared on BBC World Service, CNN and Panorama, and he co-wrote and co-presented What on Earth with Melinda Messenger.
Chris Hines at the Eden Project
During his five years at The Eden Project, Chris managed the Waste Neutral concept. Similar to being carbon neutral, being waste neutral was their aim to balance what was being sent for recycling and disposal with what was being bought in a recycled products. As well as this, Chris was responsible for Eden’s sustainability programme, aiming to ensure that Eden practiced what they preached and became a leader in its own operations. Chris often said the worst part of his job there was sitting at his desk; he wanted to be out there in the thick of it, knee-deep in rubbish to help make The Eden Project as sustainable as possible.
Chris Hines Corporate Environmental Work
Chris now aims to deliver positive change by working with a range of clients with a shared vision of helping the environment. He sits on the BBC Sustainability Advisory Group, in 2003 he was selected to attend the 9th Commonwealth Study Conference in Australia where he met with another 200 delegates from 40 countries, he is also a member of Sustainability of South West, sits on the Strategic Panel of Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership and is a member of the Environment Agency Regional Environmental Protection Advisory Committee.
He has given presentations to a wide range of groups and organisations from BMW Guggenheim to the Dutch Tax Office, Bombay Sapphire, Lonely Planet, the National Grid, the Global Surf Cities Conference and a number of schools in the Hague and Geneva.
Chris Hines Environmental Awards
Whilst he does what he does for the good of the planet, his actions have awarded Chris with a number of accolades including being appointed an MBE in 2008 for services to the environment, named a Daily Telegraph’s Eco Hero, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Plymouth in 2011 and was the joint winner of the first International Surfers Path Green Wave Award in 2006.
Chris Hines Environment Speaker
Chris Hines definitely puts his money where his mouth is; having campaigned for sewage treatment works, he even lives next to one! He is an excellent keynote speaker on the environmental issues and waste problems facing our planet.
Chris Hines Environment Speaking Topics
– Environmental Issues
– Motivation and Leadership
– Financial Viability of an Organisation
– Lobbying and Interacting with Government Bodies
– Mental Health, Happiness and Wellness
– Change and Uncertainty
– Future Trends
– Public and Service Industry
Chris Hines – A Grain Of Sand Objectives:
Chris Hines set up A Grain of Sand in 2009, an organisation that works to help inspire, catalyse, and drive positive change in a range of areas. With a strong proven track record in campaigning and communications, sustainability and environmentalism, they focus on finding positive solutions to problems, creating the environment and agenda for change, and making a different to the world we live in. A Grain of Sand works in six key aspects to achieve their goals:
Inspiring and motivating change is a key part of A Grain of Sand’s manifesto. They achieve this through motivational talks as well as masterclasses and workshops on campaigning, leadership and sustainability. Chris has delivered these kinds of classes to the senior management of companies from the National Grid to the Women’s Institute.
A Grain of Sand believe that strong campaigning is vital for delivering positive change. They believe that massive resources are used to persuade the public to make decisions, such as in a general election, and they believe this experience should be shared to better the world.
Communication has always been a key part of humanity, and A Grain of Sand equally think it is vital. Communication is key to help issues such as climate change as well as to the success of small and large businesses.
The only way any positive change will happen is if you recognise that the current situation is not the right one. Change requires that you know which situation you want to be in, and what you have to change to get there. A Grain of Sand helps measure and assess situations which can then allow for efficient targeting of vital resources.
We all find it easy to complain about a problem, but it’s not as easy to find and implement a solution. A Grain of Sand believe that the 21st Century is about delivering efficient solutions to problems and to create an environment for those solutions to be implemented.
No matter how difficult the situation may be, it is important to celebrate any positive steps and achievements, whether as an individual or an organisation. Bringing people together to celebrate is an important part of positive change.
If you’re after a speaker who is passionate, informed, empowering, hands on and positive about environmental change, then Chris Hines is the man for you.