The Green “Opportunity” message and a new world being driven from Scotland was loud and clear at a virtual #MoveTheDate conversation last night (Thursday 6th August).

The worldwide webinar – Choosing Our Future By Design, Not Disaster – was delivered in partnership with SEPA and Global Footprint Network, the international sustainability organisation behind Earth Overshoot Day.

At the event, hosted by The Herald’s Editor-In-Chief Donald Martin, Marie Macklin CBE, Founder and Executive Chair of the HALO, gave a keynote speech to over 500 delegates from across the globe.

Marie explained how the business world has an opportunity to create a more sustainable economic future built on the social awareness of the emergency we face in climate change.

Delegates also heard how the HALO Kilmarnock is being singled out by the Global Footprint Network for its net zero vision. The HALO’s ultimate vision is for a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter where people can ‘Live, Work, Learn and Play’.

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date each year when humanity has used more ecological resources than natural ecosystems can regenerate in the whole year – this year falling on 22nd August.

Speaking after the event, Marie said: “A massive thank you to everyone across the globe who tuned into tonight’s SEPA and Global Footprint Network webinar, the feedback has been amazing.

“It has been an absolute privilege to highlight the HALO ‘s green heart and our vision for a sustainable community approach to a net zero carbon mixed-use development providing jobs, economic growth, skills development, access to employment opportunities, clean energy and housing.

“I really enjoyed the fabulous panel discussion and would like to thank SEPA and the Global Footprint Network for inviting me to be keynote speaker and also the Herald for hosting a fantastic event.”

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