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Insights Public Lecture


Insights Public Lecture

Can meaningful hope spring from revealing the depth of our climate failure?

Public event. Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
  • Time: 17:30-18:45
  • Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

In this lecture, Professor Kevin Anderson questions whether the heightened profile of climate change might suggest the prospect of new light.

Peel away the layers of dangerously naïve hope and unfounded optimism, and the mitigation challenge posed by the Paris Agreement now demands the rapid and profound re-shaping of contemporary society. While the models dominating the mitigation agenda employ speculative technologies, the arithmetic of emissions increasingly embeds equity at the heart of any mathematically cogent strategy. Against such a depressing backdrop, does the rapid emergence of new and vociferous constituencies and the heightened profile of climate change suggest early cracks and the prospect of new light?

Professor Kevin Anderson