Event: War & Peace…and the Environment #Temple80

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Size of Wales has joined the month long celebrations that mark 80 years since the Temple of Peace was gifted to Wales and the centenary celebrations since World War I.

See the full programme here:Temple 80 Programme of Events

Size of Wales will be hosting a panel discussion on 6th November (UN International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict). A diverse and exciting panel will explore how conflict and peace impact the environment, how natural resources and land ownership are one the main causes of conflict. And furthermore, how climate change, extreme weather patterns and the forced migration of those communities most effected has the potential to cause further conflict and environmental damage in the coming decades.

See info about our panelists below. There will be refreshments and canapes.

To buy your tickets, please click here.


Our panel

Chair: Wyre Davies

Wyre Davies is currently the main reporter and presenter for BBC Wales’ current affairs strand, “Wales Investigates”. With an emphasis on investigative and occasionally undercover reporting, the programme explores big stories and issues in Wales and beyond that cannot be covered in the rapid-fire environment of daily news.

Wyre came back to the UK in 2017 after seven years as a BBC Foreign Correspondent. His most recent assignment was as South America Correspondent, based in Rio de Janeiro but covering the whole continent from northern Colombia to southern Chile. Key events during that time include the impeachment of Brazil’s President Dilma Roussef, deforestation of the Amazon, the end of the FARC guerrilla insurgency in Colombia and the drugs business across South America.

Between 2010 – 2013, Wyre was based in Jerusalem as BBC’s Middle East Correspondent but covering much of the Arab world during what became known as the “Arab Spring”. He covered the first of the so-called ‘revolutions’ in Tunisia and the subsequent uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Syria and beyond. A particularly tumultuous period in the Middle East with conflicts raging in almost every corner of the region.

Angelique Todd

Angelique Todd has a wealth of experience implementing conservation work with over 25 years working towards the preservation of Central African landscapes, species and habitats. In particular, she has expertise in the conservation of western lowland gorillas, which includes 18 years working in Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo and Gabon.

She is a member of IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, Great Ape Section (SGA) and the SGA task force on Apes & Extractive Industries, Energy, and Associated Infrastructure. She contributed to the IUCN Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of Western Lowland Gorillas and Central Chimpanzees 2015–2025; was a reviewer for 2 IUCN Great Ape Best Practice Guidelines (Tourism and Health Monitoring); and has co-authored of over 50 peer-reviewed publications on diverse aspects of great ape socio-ecology and conservation as well as protected area management.

Angelique joined Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in October 2017 and is responsible for FFI’s programmes in Guinea, Liberia and DRC.

Dr Ignasi Torrent

Dr Ignasi Torrent is an associate lecturer of International Relations at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He has taught International Relations Theory, Global Governance, United Nations: Peace and Security, Post-War Reconstruction, Development and Peacebuilding, International Security and Conflict, among others.

His main research interests are in the area of critical peace and conflict studies, with emphasis on how major international agencies (ie the United Nations) manage conflict-affected societies and what are the implications of these peace engagements. Ignasi has also developed research on the interconnectedness of the materialist implications of the Anthropocene age, including major climate menaces, waves of mass migration, protracted poverty or the consequences of exponential progress in neuroscience, and how all these phenomena are transforming socio-natural relations. Questioning the 300-year human-centered project of modernity, deemed the origin of the current troubled age, his latest work consists of first, interrogating the position of the human in the world and its relations with non-human species as well as objects, and second, seeking to mediate reality through forms of story-telling that are not based on modern scientific premises, for instance indigenous practices, artistic languages or even fiction.

His previous academic engagements include research and teaching fellowships at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), University of Sierra Leone, the City University of New York and University of Westminster (London).

Sakina Sheikh

Sakina Sheikh is a political activist challenging race and class inequality, and unaccountable corporate power. She advocates for Climate Justice and campaigns at Platform, leading their campaign on fossil fuel divestment in local government. Sakina’s work focuses on developing sustainable investment strategies that local governments can use to develop their local economies, build community wealth and develop energy democracy.

Sakina is also a local Labour Councillor for the Borough of Lewisham.

Sakina has previously worked at Global Justice Now on the intersections between Climate Justice and Trade Justice, and she also used to work for Keep Our NHS Public.


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