Stuart is supremely positive. He sees himself as part of a growing movement seeking to accelerate the transformation of the economy from a force that takes from society and the natural environment to a force that regenerates them - preserving a flourishing planet on which future generations can thrive.
“We need scientists to educate, governments to legislate, civil society to motivate, business to innovate, people to activate and you can only do that if everyone comes together and collaborates.”
Stuart believes in creating opportunities for unprecedented collaboration. “As others have said, the race to net zero is one we will all win or all lose. Radical collaboration and innovation is what’s needed to drive real systems change”.
Sounds good, but how does one drive radical collaboration?
“During COP26 in Glasgow my role was all about the formal national government negotiations. In my new role at Deloitte, I am learning about the role of corporate sustainability” Stuart explains. “I hope to continue shaping how business, government, civil society and other key stakeholders come together and collaborate to drive important tipping points.”
“At COP27 I'm excited to see how all these actors come together to turn ambition into action - on driving down emissions, building resilience to future climate impacts, and addressing loss and damage caused by our changing climate - as well as how they will align finance flows to make all this happen!”
Looking even further ahead “I believe that COP28 in 2023 has the potential to be a really impactful and inclusive COP, with the ‘Global Stocktake’ of progress made towards the goals of the Paris Agreement at the heart of the summit an important moment to mark the course for the rest of this decisive decade”
Stuart is an optimist and believes that, ultimately, humanity will avert the worst impacts of climate change.
“On my 60th birthday, I hope to wake up in a world where the needs of all are being met within the ecological limits of our life-giving planet. Where people value nature and feel part of it. And where technology enables and empowers us to connect and achieve great things within parameters we have set for it. I also hope we are clinking glasses to celebrate achieving global net zero carbon emissions and full nature recovery as intended. I hope I’ll be living in a forest, not a bunker hiding from a dystopian future - cycling where I need to in my local area, in harmony with nature.”