What is the reality of climate change that is facing us? How likely is it that we will limit warming to 1.5, or 2 degrees? If we did take the science seriously and set targets and policies that reduced greenhouse gas emissions by the amount required what would that mean for our economy? How many jobs could we create? This free one day conference will consider these questions, as well as what we can learn from past extreme weather events for how we might cope in the future.
10 Welcome and introductions – Rupert Read
10.10 – 11.30 Facing up to Climate Reality chaired by Catherine Rowett
11.30 – 11.45 break – coffee/tea
11.45 – 13.00 Climate jobs chaired by Anne Chapman
Jonathan Essex and Peter Sims
13.00 – 13.45 lunch
13.45-14.45 Future of agriculture and rural economies – chaired by Rupert Read
14.45-15.00 break – coffee/tea
15.00 – 15.30 Dealing with Extreme Weather – chaired by Rupert Read
15.30 – 16.00 Final discussion
Rupert Read is chair of Green House think tank and Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.
Catherine Rowett is professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia. She was the Green Party parliamentary candidate for South Norfolk in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.
Brian Heatley is a founder member of Green House think tank. He is a former senior civil servant and former policy co-ordinator for the Green Party.
Asher Minns is executive director of the Tyndall Centre at the University of East Anglia. He is a science communicator who specialises in knowledge transfer of climate change research to audiences that are outside of academia.
Jonathan Essex is a member of Green House and an associate of Bioregional where he advises on new project development and policy. He previously worked for bioregional on sustainable construction and material reuse. He is a Green Party district and county councillor for Redhill, Surrey. He has led the work done by Green House on ‘Climate Jobs’.
Peter Sims is an Electronic Engineer who specialises in systems engineering and in particular the overlap and interfaces between human and non-human systems. He has carried out the modelling to estimate the number of jobs that could be created by the transition to a low carbon economy in Green House’s work on ‘Climate Jobs’.
Simon Fairlie is one of the editors of The Land, an occasional magazine about land rights, and author of Meat, a Benign Extravagance (Permanent Publications, 2010). He runs Chapter 7, which provides planning advice to smallholders and other low income people in the countryside. He has also had much practical experience of small scale farming in the UK and France.
Helen Baczkovska is an ecologist and writer based in rural Norfolk. She works as a conservation officer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Anne Chapman is a member of Green House think tank. In 2017 she organised a conference in Lancaster (where she lives) on dealing with extreme weather.
The conference is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Green House think tank and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.
This event is free, but please register here.