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Times Earth: Richard Curtis on saving the planet

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Join filmmaker and activist Richard Curtis for the next event in our Times Earth series.

Richard is joined by Lucy Siegle, environmental columnist to discuss how the biggest change we can make to save the planet is by greening our pensions along with his involvement in The Most Important Comic Book on Earth: Stories to Save the World.

Make My Money Matter is a people-powered campaign founded by Richard in 2020 highlighting the power of our pensions in reaching net zero. Their research revealed that greening your pension is 21x more effective at cutting your carbon footprint than stopping flying, going vegetarian and switching to a green energy provider combined.  

As a result of the campaign £1 trillion of UK pension money is now in schemes that are committed to robust net zero and businesses have also begun to integrate their pensions into their climate change strategies. Despite this progress, however, £1.7 trillion of UK savers’ money remains invested in schemes that have yet to align with the Paris Climate Agreement, meaning that millions of savers’ pensions continue to fund the worst polluting companies.

Richard Curtis and Make My Money Matter join Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Jane Goodall, Sir Lenny Henry and Peter Gabriel in contributing to The Most Important Comic Book on Earth: Stories to Save the World. Including 120 inspiring visual stories on environmentalism, this book is a significant part of a broader, cross-charity campaign called Rewriting Extinction, founded by Paul Goodenough. Working with charities including World Land Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, Reserva YLT, Born Free, Rewilding Europe and Re:wild. Rewriting Extinction aims to raise awareness and fundraise for species-saving projects around the world.

Richard Curtis is a film writer and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Mr. Bean, Love ActuallyAbout Time and Yesterday. Richard is co-founder and vice-chair of Comic Relief, which he started after visiting Ethiopia during the 1985 famine and led to the fundraising event, Red Nose Day which has made over £1.3 Billion for projects in the UK and internationally. Richard was a founding member of Make Poverty History and worked on both that and Live 8 in 2005. In 2015 he helped found Project Everyone to work to make the Sustainable Development Goals famous and effective – and is now a UN Advocate for the SDGs. He became increasingly interested in the power of investment and the desire of people to make a difference with their money, and that led him to help co-found Make My Money Matter, where he is a Director.

Exclusive subscriber reward: The Most Important Comic Book on Earth: Stories to Save the World is published by DK RRP £20.00.  You can order your copy at Waterstones.com at a discounted price of £16.00 by using the code rewrite at checkout (valid until Friday, April 29).

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