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

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Come to the Winstanley Lecture Hall on 23rd January at 6 pm to hear from Prof Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at Universities of Manchester and Uppsala, and the former Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Professor Anderson engages widely across all tiers of EU, UK, and Swedish governments on issues ranging from shale gas, aviation and shipping to the role of integrated assessment models in climate science, carbon budgets and ‘negative emission technologies’. His analysis previously contributed to the framing of the UK’s Climate Change Act and the development of national carbon budgets.

To reach Winstanley Lecture Hall, enter the door opposite to the Great Gate, go up the stairs to your right, and take the second left turn. You will find our banner near the entrance.

“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. Whilst the models dominating the mitigation agenda employ evermore exotic and speculative technologies to remain ‘politically palatable’, the arithmetic of emissions increasingly embeds equity at the heart of any mathematically cogent strategy. Dress it up however we may like, the Parisian mitigation agenda is ultimately a rationing issue. Until we are prepared to acknowledge this, we will continue our reckless pathway towards a 3-5°C future. Against such a depressing backdrop, do the rapid emergence of new and vociferous constituencies and the heightened profile of climate change suggest early cracks and the prospect of new light?”

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