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Get off a moving train: timely responses to the climate emergency

This Public Lecture will be the closing event for the He Kaupapa Hononga Symposium 2021.

Join via Zoom to hear Professor Kevin Anderson present "Getting off a moving train: timely responses to the climate emergency".

As climate change increasingly exacerbates extreme weather events around the globe, so government leaders are increasingly using the language of a “climate emergency”.

But look beyond the fine words, and it is quickly evident that behind the new framing of ‘net zero’, many governments, companies and institutions are planning for little more than incremental adjustments to business-as-usual. But “nature will not be fooled” by empty rhetoric, subterfuge and unsubstantiated optimism – and nor should we.

The challenges we face in delivering on our Paris climate commitments beg fundamental questions of almost every facet of modern society.

This presentation will seek to lay bare the sheer scale, scope and urgency of emission cuts now required to meet our Paris climate commitments – and how the Glasgow COP measured up against such demands.

Kevin Anderson is professor of Energy and Climate Change. He holds a joint chair between the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester (UK), the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at University of Uppsala (Sweden), and the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation at the University of Bergen (Norway).

He recently completed two years as the Zennström professor of climate change leadership at Uppsala and previously held the role of director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Kevin is research active with publications in Climate Policy, Nature, and Science.

Kevin engages widely across all tiers of government (EU, UK and Sweden) on issues ranging from shale gas to aviation and carbon budgets to ‘negative emissions’. With Uppsala colleagues, he made a key contribution to the development of Paris-compliant carbon budgets for Swedish Län and Kommuner, and with Manchester colleagues, his analysis contributed to the framing of the UK’s Climate Change Act and subsequent national carbon budgets.

Kevin is currently providing an evidence base to the European Commission’s development of EU carbon budgets. Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Date Tuesday, 16 November 2021
Time 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Audience Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff
Event Type Lecture
LocationVia Zoom
Contact NameHe Kaupapa Hononga

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