The climate and environmental emergency I wrote about in October has tightened its grip even in the few months since. Wildlife populations are collapsing, ecosystems are breaking down and temperatures are rising at an alarming rate.
Last year saw the dangerous feedback loops predicted by scientists taking hold as warming caused permafrost in Siberia to start to defrost, releasing more warming gases, then we even saw wildfires across the Arctic. Now temperature records have been broken with the Antarctic continent recording 20 degrees C – which once counted as a warm English summer day. Widespread bushfires in Australia have devastated unique wildlife, destroyed homes and poisoned the air for city dwellers. Closer to home, extreme weather events increase in frequency and intensity causing repeated flooding.
What are the policy choices? Where is action most urgent nationally and locally? What can we do as individuals?
Our conference on 29th February in Tring is your chance to hear from leading experts and local voices and explore these and other questions.
Barry Gardiner, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and International Climate Change. He will be presenting on the international challenges ahead of the UN global climate summit at COP26 in Glasgow, November 2020.
Adrienne Buller, Senior Research Fellow at Common Wealth. She will discuss the prospects for realising real change in the UK under the current government, focussing on local communities, the UK’s new international position, and strategies for action.
Ann Pettifor, Award winning green economist and author. She will be discussing the themes in her recent book “The Case for The Green New Deal” and telling us how our economic structures need to change in order to save our planet. Hint: It’s wholly possible.
Plus local speakers including:
– Extinction Rebellion
– Youth Climate Strikers
– Repair Café, Royston