Event

THINK "Apocalypse? Now? Your survival guide to Climate Change"

  • Wed 28 Nov 18

    14:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Ivor Crewe lecture Hall B

  • Event speaker

    Chris Robertson from the Climate Psychology Alliance, Angela Terry from Friends of the Earth and Dr Larch Maxey from Rising up Network

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    THINK Series

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

Are we facing an apocalypse of our own making? Have we engineered our own extinction? Are we too late? More and more people seem to think so, with some climate scientists suffering from pre-traumatic stress disorder and with an increasing number of young people deciding not to have children for fear of what their children’s world will look like. And this world seems to be moving fast forward: in October, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report giving us a mere 12 years in which to reduce greenhouse emissions by 45% (compared to 2010 levels) if we want to avoid global warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is now our better than best scenario, but even if we do manage it, we would still face a world with increasing draughts, food supply insecurity and water scarcity; with extreme weather the new norm and with sea levels rising and increasing climate-related migration. How do we respond to such dire warnings? While apathy is an understandable reaction, this week’s THINK event will explore other, more constructive ways of dealing with the apocalypse.

The Rising Up Network will speak about their efforts to spark a WWII-like transformation of our society and economy; the Climate Psychology Alliance will speak about radical psychology and how to imagine a new and promising future in the face of the apocalypse, and Angela Terry from Angela Terry from One Home and Climate Alliance will speak about how to live in a greener, more sustainable manner.

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