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Climate Emergency: How Can I Make a Difference?

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Get the facts and stats from experts in a panel talk on how we as individuals can help humanity to thrive, and not just survive, in the 21st century.

‘The moment of crisis has come,’ Sir David Attenborough has warned, referring to the need to tackle climate change. Many of us have heard his call and feel a pressing urgency to do something. But what exactly?

Given the global scale of the climate emergency and the central role governments and huge corporations play, can our individual actions make a significant difference?

To answer these questions, Intelligence Squared and the New York Times stage the latest in their Intelligent Times series, bringing together experts who have crunched the numbers and thought deeply about the challenges we face.

Speakers include Mike Berners-Lee, author of There Is No Planet B; Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics; and Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for the New York Times.

The event is chaired by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Mike Berners-Lee is a writer and consultant on sustainability and responses to the challenges of the 21st century.

He is a professor in the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University and the founder of Small World Consulting, advising organisations on carbon metrics, targets and actions. Previous books include How Bad Are Bananas? and The Burning Question.

Somini SenguptaIis a George Polk Award-winning foreign correspondent. As the New York Times United Nations correspondent, she reported on global challenges from war to women's rights. Her first book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young, was published in 2016.

Kate Raworth is an economist whose research focuses on the social and ecological challenges of our times. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), and former head of the Number 10 Policy Unit under former prime minister Tony Blair.

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Royal Festival Hall


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