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A call for urgent action to solve the climate crisis on the eve of the ChangeNOW 2021 summit

Ahead of ChangeNOW 2021, event Founder Santiago Lefebvre, and James Bidwell, Chair of Springwise, call for urgent action to tackle the climate emergency.


Ahead of ChangeNOW 2021, the world’s largest impact gathering of entrepreneurs and change-makers, co-founder, Santiago Lefebvre, and James Bidwell, Chair of Springwise, the leading intelligence platform for positive and sustained change called for urgent action to tackle the climate emergency.

“There are real consequences to what we do every day and while we can see positive impact accelerating, we are not going fast enough,” warns Santiago Lefebvre.

“The time really has come to act. The climate emergency is now a crisis. ChangeNOW is unique in uniting a potent ecosystem of innovators, governments, corporates and investors to drive the immediate change the world needs. As the record for global innovation, Springwise is a proud media partner and committed to giving oxygen to the change-makers who are making change happen. Now. ChangeNOW 2021 will be an extraordinary three days – a must-attend,” added James Bidwell.

In a shared conversation ahead of the summit, Santiago Lefebvre and James Bidwell underline the power of innovation and collaboration in solving the world’s biggest challenges. “Innovation can help solve so many issues,” explains Santiago Lefebvre, “but this is not the whole picture. We need to also unite communities for positive change”. The imperative that the world deepens its understanding of the planet to better protect it, the opportunity the oceans offer in offsetting carbon and the responsibility to set the direction for the next generation are just some of the topics covered in their discussion. The full interview is available here.

The ChangeNOW summit has fast become the world’s largest gathering of innovations for the planet bringing together the most inspirational minds with a mission to develop solutions and new models to respond to major environmental and societal emergencies.

More than 500 leaders will speak over the course of 3 days from 27-29 May along with events, forums and debates. The summit will also host a World Expo with over 300 exhibitors presenting innovations from around the world from new technologies in the US to accelerate the world’s transition to electric transportation and renewable energy to electric boats that collect oil spills from the water’s surface.

Protecting the health of our planet

James Bidwell will moderate a session on the first day of the ChangeNOW summit with expert speakers from the World Health Organisation and World Health Organisation for Animal Health, Plant-for-the-Planet and a representative from the European Parliament, discussing how we must protect our environment and its biodiversity to protect human health and avoid future pandemics.

Springwise x ChangeNOW

As media partner to ChangeNOW 2021, Springwise will publish a series of articles alongside interviews with some of the summit’s most influential and motivational speakers. Springwise will also host a Springwise Session, on 10 June, exploring the headline topics discussed at the summit. More information soon.

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Notes to Editors

About ChangeNOW

ChangeNOW is a start-up started in 2017 by Santiago Lefebvre, Rose-May Lucotte and Kevin Tayebaly, whose mission is to develop solutions and new models to respond to major environmental and social emergencies. Every year, the startup organizes the ChangeNOW summit, which has become the world’s largest gathering of innovations for the planet in three years. The third edition, in January 2020, brought together 28,000 participants, 1,000 solutions, 350 speakers, with more than 100 countries represented. The fourth edition of ChangeNOW will be held on 27, 28, and 29 May 2021 in Paris and online.

About Springwise

Springwise is the renowned global intelligence platform that drives positive and sustained change, offering foresight into the most innovative thinking and ideas across the planet. With access to an ever-expanding network of 10,000 + global innovators, Springwise is trusted by thousands of thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, educators and tech disruptors and the leading source of ideas that inspire and empower. Springwise is a certified B Corp and member of 1% for the Planet. Springwise’s sister company Re_Set is a next-generation strategy consultancy specialising in sustainability and innovation