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Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP to invite young professionals to be climate change leaders at finance and business event

Author: ICAEW

Published: 23 Apr 2021

Friday 23 April 2021: The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP will give the keynote speech at a free event to educate young business, finance, and accountancy professionals in how to be leaders in the fight against climate change.

ICAEW, Chartered Accountants Worldwide and One Young World have jointly organised the free online event, Building Resilience: Climate Change: Global leadership, local action, which takes place at 5pm on Tuesday (27 April).

Ms Trevelyan, an ICAEW Chartered Accountant who is Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency and Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, will give a pre-recorded address, outlining the action needed to help countries on the climate change frontline adapt and the role young professionals can play in helping their organisations combat global climate change.

Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive and Chairman of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, and Kate Robertson, co-founder of global social initiative One Young World will speak during the event, alongside young climate leaders from organisations including the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust and the National Audit Office.

The webinar is part of FinBiz2030, which aims to establish an active, engaged global finance and business community dedicated to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, said:

“Young people have some of the loudest and most enthusiastic voices in the fight against climate change, and together they are helping to pioneer lasting change.
“As the pace of commitments and action from all parts of the world and society continues to build ahead of COP26, I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to speak directly to young professionals who can lead the way in ensuring their organisations and businesses reduce their carbon footprint, helping to shape and protect the future of our planet.”

Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive and Chartered Accountants Worldwide Chairman, said:

“Climate change is the biggest threat we face and to minimise its effects we need to take serious action now. While the challenges communities face from climate change are local, tackling them requires global leadership, and we’re grateful to have Anne-Marie Trevelyan join us for this event to explain how young professionals can help connect the two.”

Kate Robertson and David Jones, Co-Founders of One Young World, said:

“The urgency to address climate change has never been greater than it is today, with emissions continuing to rise despite the clear need to curb and reduce carbon emissions. Young leaders are approaching humanity's greatest threat with efficiency and innovation, putting pressure on governments and educating future generations. The financial community are in the business of delivering change and hold the keys to the much-needed solutions.”