Before the current pandemic, we’d never been more vocal about environmental issues, whilst still collecting frequent flyer miles, embracing disposable fashion and binging on avocados. The global crisis has forced us to adopt new ways of living, which are benefitting the planet. Once this is over, will we revert to our old ways and prove we are climate hypocrites?
* Alice Bell, co-director of the climate change charity Possible, and author of Can We Save the Planet? (Spoiler: she thinks the answer is 'ish'.) She is currently writing a history of the climate crisis, Our Biggest Experiment, which is due to be published in 2021.
* Clover Hogan, a 20-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature – a youth-led organisation empowering Gen Z to step-up, rather than shutdown, in the face of our planet’s messiest problems.
* Dr Peter Hughes, a psychologist, social commentator and entrepreneur, whose specialisms include behavioural change and marketing psychology. He believes it's overly-optimistic to think the pandemic will be a catalyst for positive change.
* Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, an environmental psychologist at Cardiff University and director of the UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, which aims to be a global hub for understanding the profound changes required to address climate change.
*Chair: Dr Alistair Ford, a lecturer at Newcastle University who uses computer models of cities, land-use, and transport to explore the potential impacts of climate change and how we might improve resilience to these impacts.
This event is part of Life Science Centre's 'Science Speakeasy' programme. No question or statement is taboo, so these events are not suitable for anyone who is easily offended! (Age recommendation: 18+)
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