Climate Change: The End of the World (as we know it)
The challenges of building a sustainable future
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – 08.30 – 09.30
Happenstance, 1a Ludgate Hill, London EC4M 7AA
The November 2014 Trajectory Trends Breakfast takes place in the wake of a series of new publications urging us to develop new solutions to combat the growing and inevitable impact of climate change.
Only in the last few days the IPCC published a new report warning of ‘severe, widespread and irreversible’ impacts of climate change unless emissions are drastically cut. Elsewhere, No Logo author Naomi Klein has also urged change, drawing a link in her new book (This Changes Everything) between inaction on climate change and the vested interests of the free market.
These stark messages are in contrast to the approach taken by the Global Commission on Climate & Economy – with their recent New Climate Economy report focusing on the positive opportunities open to us as we combat environmental damage and re-engineer our economies. Furthermore, we can be even more optimistic about the endless possibilities raised by new technologies and geo-hacking.
The issue is not a new one – the Stern Review is now almost a decade old, and yet many of the prominent and powerful are yet to act or even accept the need for action. A special mention goes here to Australian PM Tony Abbott, who recently declared that coal is ‘good for humanity’.
Central to any discussion of this topic are the challenges we face in balancing long term needs with short term priorities – a dilemma that has seen environmental concerns fall in importance to both consumers and politicians over the course of the economic downturn. Put simply, at the individual and community level this is a question of behaviour change, with all that entails – and a chance to examine how far the public feel they have a stake in their future.
In the UK and elsewhere we are well aware of the statistics around climate change – with sea levels, temperatures and carbon emissions all rising. But beyond an active minority few of us seem committed to bringing about change. Beyond the (largely insulated) Western World the impacts of climate change are not problems for the future, but problems for now – and consequently levels of interest and activism are much higher.
Elsewhere we can consider the deeper issues of sustainability and the real or mythical concerns around resource scarcity and overpopulation, as well as the role and responsibilities of governments and international bodies – and interrogate the effectiveness of Leonardo Di Caprio’s new role as UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on Climate Change (his best performance to date?).
It’s a fascinating subject to explore and we very much hope that you will join us for what is sure to be a stimulating hour of discussion.
To book your place simply mail Tom Johnson @ firstname.lastname@example.org