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Earth Talks: Communicating Climate Change: Why so Toxic?

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 - 20:00

With Prof Chris Rapley CBE

Through our use of fossil fuel energy to build and power the modern world we have upset the energy balance of the planet. Nations have agreed to manage the problem. But the rate and scale of action to date are insufficient to avoid potentially dangerous climatic change. Although widely acknowledged as an issue, tackling climate change falls low on a list of public priorities. And despite an overwhelming consilience of evidence, many reject the conclusions of climate science. I will explore why should this be, and what can be done about it.

Chris Rapley

Chris Rapley CBE is Professor of Climate Science at University College London. He is a Fellow of St Edmund's College Cambridge, a member of the Academia Europaea, a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Chairman of the London Climate Change Partnership. His previous posts include Director of the Science Museum London, Director of the British Antarctic Survey, President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and Head of UCL's Earth Observation satellite group.

His current interests are in the role of climate scientists in society and the communication of climate science. He is Chair of the UCL Commission on Communicating Climate Science.  Prof Rapley was awarded the 2008 Edinburgh Science Medal for having made 'a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity'.  His recent venture in communicating climate change via theatrical performance was awarded five stars by the Guardian’s Micheal Billington and described as ‘…. better than good: it is necessary’.

Join Us:

Venue: Playroom, The Old Postern, Schumacher College
Date: Wednesday 28March, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Entrance: £5.00/£4.00 Concession



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