Who We Are
Deborah founded Climate Gardens following 30 years experience as a Communications Consultant in London.
This included setting up and running Hytner Anderson, a highly profitable and successful London PR consultancy with her business partner over 16 years.
Since 2008, Deborah has operated as a Environmental Entrepreneur working with a range of funding organisations to develop Climate Gardens into a succesful eco business with a commintment to change inertia around climate change.
She initially secured funding from UnLtd to launch her international blog and used this to achieve a first Google ranking for climate change gardening above the RHS and the BBC.
In 2012/13 she was selected for the Lloyds Banking Programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs funded by PWC in London which supports individuals to realise their potential and to establish, scale and sustain, social enterprises and businesses in the UK, Australia and Canada.
In 2016, as a Fellow of the School for Social Entrpreneurs, Deborah was invited to join the PWC Entrpreneur Development Programme and regulaly attends workshops aimed at supporting Climate Gardens and works with a PWC mentor.
Deborah collaborates with a range of corporates and not for profit partners to identify new opportunities to communicate climate change effectively as this pressing issue rises up the economic, political and social agenda following the COP21 agreement in Paris.
A key message includes the importance of clean energy now considered as the best route to a low carbon and sustainable future. Deborah was responsible for inspiring Near Future Garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016 which conveyed climate change and low carbon messages to over 1.2 million people via BBCTV coverage and 10,000 visitors to the show over 6 days in 2016. http://nearfuturegarden.com
The renewable energy structures used in Near Future garden have now been relocated to The Eden Project to support a new exhibition called the Future of Energy which will be seen by 1 million visitors. http://www.edenproject.com/media/2017/05/gardeners-world-to-showcase-edens-exciting-new-features.
Deborah explains her motivation for creating clear communication around climate change in cities:
" Cities all over the world are driving meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change. I am keen to support urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks as well as increasing health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban populations.
My mission is to deliver localised city engagement with climate change using plants and technologies. Climate Gardens demonstrates how plants successfully use sun, wind and water to power their survival. City dwellers can do the same by switching to renewable energies to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Larger cities have a ravenous appetite for energy, consuming ⅔ of the world's energy and creating over 70% of global CO2 emissions.
The Carbon Path is our latest design project being considered for London and Paris from 2018 to 2020. This innovative public installation consists of four interconnected geodesic domes which contain four garden worlds displaying the impact of a temperature rise of 1, 2, 3 and 4o Celsius on the natural environment.
70% of cities are already dealing with the effects of climate change, and nearly all are at risk. Over 90% of all urban areas are coastal, putting cities at risk of flooding from rising sea levels and powerful storms.
Climate Gardens has proven that gardens and plants can deliver meangingful engagement with positivity around climate change. Now is the time to power innovative communication on climate change following the decision by the USA to withdraw from UN Paris Agreement."