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Link Annual Debate

We did not hold an annual debate in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our next debate will be in December 2021.

Link's Annual Debate 2019

This year's debate will be held on 3 December at WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes.

Our expert panelists will debate our hot topic and answer questions from the audience on this key issue.

Our question this year is:

‘With their environmental future at stake, how do we ensure the voices of people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds are heard in the nature crisis debate?’

This year's debate will be chaired by Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive of the Badger Trust, newest member of the Link Board, and passionate advocate for greater diversity in the environment sector. The expert panel includes:

  • Holly Gillibrand, a fourteen year old youth environmental activist and rewilding ambassador
  • Gillian Burke, biologist, wildlife film-maker and presenter (including BBC’s Springwatch)
  • Samantha Moyo, leading diversity and decolonisation advocate
  • Megan McCubbin, zoologist, wildlife researcher and presenter
  • Tom Mustill, conservation biologist, wildlife film-maker and writer
  • Mothiur Rahman, ecological legal adviser with key roles in Extinction Rebellion and diversity group ‘50 shades of brown’

The debate will run from 4pm-5.45pm, and guests are invited to join us for a networking drinks reception until 7.30pm.

This is a FREE event, open to the public, but spaces are limited so please reserve a ticket here to avoid disappointment.


Link's Annual Debate 2018

Our expert panelists debated our hot topic and answer questions from the audience on this key issue.

Our question was:

'Are we just fiddling around the edges of environmental disaster? With a domino-effect towards hothouse earth on the horizon, how do we achieve the landmark shift necessary to transform our throwaway, nature-depleted and nature-disconnected culture?'

This debate was chaired by Professor Rosie Hails - Director of Science and Nature at the National Trust. The expert panel is all-female to celebrate 100 years of women securing the right to vote, and includes:

  • Professor Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and leading expert on the relationship between the environment and health
  • Mya-Rose Craig, 'AKA Birdgirl', outstanding youth and VME environment ambassador
  • Professor Rosie Woodroffe, Senior Research Fellow at the Zoological Society of London and renowned wildlife expert
  • Isabella Tree, Award-winning author, travel-writer and co-creator of the pioneering Knepp rewilding project

Link’s Annual Debate 2017

You can watch our debate here:

Link’s 2017 annual debate, held on Monday 4 December at WWF-UK's Living Planet Centre, was a great success. Chaired by Karen Ellis, Acting Director of Science and Policy at WWF-UK, our expert panel debated the question:

‘Global leadership starts at home: how can the UK Government take action on the environment and animal welfare in a post Brexit era?’

The panel, comprising George Monbiot, Good Energy’s Juliet Davenport, MEP Catherine Bearder and Client Earth’s Karla Hill, covered topics as diverse as the sustainability of global food production, Government versus grassroots action, and the fitness of our current economic model.