PREVIEW: VIRTUAL SCIENCE SPEAKEASY: WILL THE PANDEMIC EXPOSE OUR CLIMATE HYPOCRISY?

Posted on May 11th 2020 by Whats on Northeast

Will the pandemic expose our climate hypocrisy?

Before the current pandemic, we’d never been more vocal about environmental issues, whilst still collecting frequent flyer miles, embracing disposable fashion and binging on avocados. The global crisis has forced us to adopt new ways of living, which are benefitting the planet. Once this is over, will we revert to our old ways and prove we are climate hypocrites?

Meet the panellists:

  • Alice Bell, co-director of the climate change charity Possible, and author of Can We Save the Planet? (Spoiler: she thinks the answer is ‘ish’.) She is currently writing a history of the climate crisis, Our Biggest Experiment, which is due to be published in 2021.
  • Clover Hogan, a 20-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature – a youth-led organisation empowering Gen Z to step-up, rather than shutdown, in the face of our planet’s messiest problems.
  • Dr Peter Hughes, a psychologist, social commentator and entrepreneur, whose specialisms include behavioural change and marketing psychology. He believes it’s overly-optimistic to think the pandemic will be a catalyst for positive change.
  • Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, an environmental psychologist at Cardiff University and director of the UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, which aims to be a global hub for understanding the profound changes required to address climate change.
​​​​​Chairing the debate:
Dr Alistair Ford, a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University who uses computer models of cities, land-use, and transport to explore the potential impacts of climate change and how we might improve resilience to these impacts.

This event is part of Life Science Centre’s Science Speakeasy programme – a series in which important and often controversial topics are debated. No question or statement is taboo, so these events are not suitable for anyone who is easily offended!

At events held in Life Science Centre, a cocktail bar is available; for Virtual Science Speakeasy, we want you to replicate the experience in your living room, so pour yourself a drink and get comfy on the sofa.

Register your place at our Zoom event by clicking the link below and enjoy a lively night of debate from the comfort of your own home, and even raise a virtual hand to ask our panel a question.

Click here to register for this Zoom webinar

Capacity is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will need access to the Zoom mobile app (available on App store and Google Play store) or Zoom Desktop Client to take part.

Telephone dial-in is also available. Details on this will be provided in the registration confirmation email.


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