Real Clothes for the Emperor : Facing the Challenges of Climate Change
|21 June 2012
|16:00 - 18:00
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Speaker : Professor Kevin Anderson
In June, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will reconvene in Rio, twenty years after the international community first came together to develop a blueprint of sustainable development for the new millennium.
In 2012, whilst faltering steps towards sustainability have been taken in some areas, on climate change we're going to hell in a handcart - and fast! Global carbon dioxide emissions for 2011 - a year of economic recession and upheaval in the West - rose by 3.2% on the 2010 figure, which itself was up 6% in 2009.
We are entering uncharted waters; 7 to 9 billion people living in a world with a climate changing at rates unprecendented in human history and beyond that at which ecosystems are attuned to adapt.
This seminar will lay out the case for concern and, perhaps more importantly, demonstrate how the early harnessing of human Will and ingenuity may still offer opportunities to deliver relatively low-carbon and climate-resilient communities.
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