The Planet & Smart Cities

Connecting earth, nature and technology

It’s a crucial year for climate. With the COP26 conference revving up in Glasgow, the world is mobilising to take radical action. From clean energy and carbon capture to climate finance, the race is on to build and scale the solutions that will keep us below 1.5 degrees. The stakes are high and the opportunities are brimming with potential to transform our cities, businesses and futures.

From data-driven agriculture and nature-focused finance to what’s next for our space-faring species, this stage is packed with breathtaking tech, eye-opening experiments and an optimistic glimpse into how we can build a sustainable relationship between the planet and technology for a better, cleaner future we can all thrive in.

Whats in it for you?

Knowledge, insights, networking & conversation, the path to change starts here


Climate tech

Learn first-hand about cutting-edge climate tech, the efforts to decarbonise our industries and how AI is leading the fight for our planet’s future.


NASA 500 year plan

Glimpse into NASA’s 500-year plan to create new, sustainable societies on other planets and how they’re bringing humans closer to better, safer space travel.


Climate change

Meet the inspiring business leaders spearheading climate action and how they’re stirring an extraordinary shift in the social consciousness.


Human adaption

Experience a remarkable lesson in human adaptation and resilience through riveting stories and inspiring anecdotes you won’t hear anywhere else.

Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How can AI help us tackle climate change?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How does being in space affect the human body?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What is the promise and potential of hydrogen?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What will COP26 bring for investment and growth?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How can nature-based tech companies harness carbon markets?

How can AI help us tackle climate change?

How does being in space affect the human body?

What is the promise and potential of hydrogen?

What will COP26 bring for investment and growth?

How can nature-based tech companies harness carbon markets?

Meet the speakers

See the Agenda

TBC 14th June 2021 Decarbonising industry: The really big climate challenge

Cement and steel are the essential building blocks of human society. They also represent 15% of all global emissions, and yet, have received much less attention than transportation and power....

10:00 am - 10:45 am 14th June 2021 Raising climate ambition: The COP26 opportunity

It’s all hands on deck when it comes to preserving our planet. With the COP26 climate talks in November, great headwinds are building for real progress. How can we be at the forefront of change...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Nature4Climate
Biodiversity: How can economics, science and technology meet to unlock nature’s value?

Many see nature and tech as opposing forces, where one must dominate the other to solve our ongoing global crisis. We see it differently. This session explores the economics of biodiversity, the...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Nature4Climate
The future of food: Can food systems work in partnership with nature?

The way we produce food is the number one threat to nature, driving accelerating loss and degradation of lands and waters, climate change and declining productivity in farms, fields, forestry...

2:00 pm - 2:01 pm 14th June 2021 MC
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 14th June 2021 How can fashion create a better world

The United Nations’ Global Goals are the world’s ultimate do-to list. But what if they were also the key to helping the $2.5 trillion global fashion industry change for the better? Meet Fashion...

5:00 pm - 5:01 pm 14th June 2021 MC
5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Nature4Climate
Nature and climate: How can ‘nature tech’ help scale up nature-based solutions?

The key to protecting the world’s forests, grasslands and wetlands is the tech to monitor and survey what’s going on in real time. As more companies invest in the carbon offset market, the...

9:59 am - 10:04 am 15th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:40 am 15th June 2021
Curated with: Shell
Energy futures: AI, hydrogen and carbon reducing tech

Tackling climate change, and at the same time meeting the world’s energy needs, is one of the greatest challenges faced. What is the future of energy? How can technology accelerate the...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 15th June 2021 Financing and designing net zero cities

Cities are responsible for 70% of global carbon emissions, so net zero carbon cities are critical to everyone’s future. We need to accelerate the decarbonisation of our cities -— halving...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 15th June 2021 Adaptation and resilience: Managing climate risk

Climate change, population shifts and increasing conflicts all mean that the world’s disaster risk is rising. Natural disasters, extreme weather and environmental degradation can cause...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 15th June 2021
Curated with: Centre for AI and Climate and Centre for Net Zero
Energy transition: A digital twin of the energy sector

To optimise complex electricity systems, we need digital representations of how they’re operating in real time, and the ability to digitally simulate alternative ways of working. Digital twins...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 15th June 2021
Curated with: VISA
Data-driven insights for the sustainability transformation

From carbon-scoring algorithms that show consumers the emissions stemming from their purchases (to help them make greener choices), to city-level insights on sustainability for banks, merchants,...

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm 15th June 2021 The next 500 years: Engineering life for space

In 2015, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly went to space while his identical twin stayed on Earth — leading to some surprising discoveries on how space travel affects the human body. Christopher E....

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm 15th June 2021 Radical ideas to save the planet

One of our biggest weapons against climate risk is innovation. Technology got us into this mess, and technological innovation can play a big role in getting us out. Radical ideas to save the...

5:20 pm - 5:25 pm 15th June 2021 MC
10:00 am - 10:40 am 16th June 2021
Curated with: Accenture
Innovation: Supercharging green cities

Innovation: the single most crucial ingredient to tackling climate change. In this session, we bring together two innovators out to reshape how we live and work in cities. From embracing the...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 16th June 2021 Two wheels good: Mobility and the city

What comes next for clean transport? How can we use innovation and technology to improve how people move around cities? In this session we hear from Isabel Dedring, Arup’s Global Transport...

11:59 am - 12:04 pm 16th June 2021 MC
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 16th June 2021 Reinventing the high street with geospatial and place-based innovation

As we look at the aftermath of COVID-19 on UK high streets, communities are asking how they can build back better, and prioritise sustainability, health and resilience to avoid future shocks at...

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: Shell
Can digitalisation and AI accelerate the energy transition?

Can digitalisation and AI accelerate the energy transition? The energy industry is going through a double transformation: one is decarbonization, the other is digital transformation. We now know...

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: Nesta
Winning hearts and minds: Participatory futures and behaviour change

To hit our climate goals we need to change behaviours, bring people together and avoid polarisation. As the world struggles with growing complexity and uncertainty, this panel gathers artists...

5:50 pm - 5:55 pm 16th June 2021 MC

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About Nature4Climate

Nature4Climate (N4C) is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN-REDD, UNEP, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International (CI), The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Woods Hole Research Center, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Resources Institute (WRI), WWF, We Mean Business, the Food and Land Use Coalition, Youth4Nature, Global Mangrove Alliance and Global Wildlife Conservation.

N4C aims to increase investment and action in nature-based solutions in support of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, working to catalyze partnerships between governments, civil society, businesses and investors based on the urgency to protect, restore and fund nature-based solutions. N4C believes in the importance of integrating nature into all government and private-sector decision-making.

We are looking for natural climate leaders all over the world. Please join the conversation #naturenow #naturepositive @nature4climate or get in touch.

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We are Nesta. The UK’s innovation agency for social good. We design, test and scale new solutions to society’s biggest problems, changing millions of lives for the better.

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