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How to avert a Climate Catastrophe

September 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A Gresham discussion forum chaired by Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Taking part are: Professor Geoffrey Beattie, Vicky Pope and Dr Damien Short.

After the UN Climate Action Summit in September, our Environment Professor will be talking to three experts about whether we still have a meaningful chance of averting a climate catastrophe, and how we can get there. The Extinction Rebellion protests pushed climate up the news agenda early in 2019, but what has happened since then, and what is happening globally?

Professor Vicky Pope discusses the challenges of climate modelling and reduction of emissions; Dr Damien Short talks about why we need to legislate against Ecocide; and Professor Geoffrey Beattie discusses the psychology that stops us from taking action.

Part of a lecture series entitled Frontiers – Emerging Environmental Issues with Global Implications.

Professor Jacqueline Mc Glade is the Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment at Gresham College. She is also a Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London and Professor at the Maasai Mara University in Kenya.

On leave from her role at UCL, Professor McGlade was Director of the Science Division and Chief Scientist and Statistician at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kenya.

For four decades Professor McGlade has worked at the interface of sustainable development, science, society and policy. Her research on biodiversity, climate change, ecosystems, oceans and social dynamics are known the world over. From developing innovative software for virtual gaming and decision-making in areas such as flood management to pioneering open access to data and information she has changed the way we look at and understand the environment.

Professor Geoffrey Beattie is an academic psychologist, writer and broadcaster. He is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and was awarded the Spearman Medal by the BPS for ‘published psychological research of outstanding merit’.

Vicky Pope is an Honorary Professor at the UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. She works as an adviser to the Met Office developing opportunities to exploit Met Office science and technology capabilities, often in partnership, to improve services to government.

Dr Damien Short is Director at the Human Rights Consortium and Reader in Human Rights at the University of London.

No reservations are required for this free event, which takes place in the lecture hall of the Museum of London. It is run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Details of lecture

Gresham College was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years. It was the first ‘university’ in England besides Oxford and Cambridge, making it London’s oldest higher education institution still in existence today. It does not enrol any students, and awards no degrees.

The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and there are now over 1,900 lectures freely available online in text, audio or video formats. The provision of this free online archive of lectures aligns with its founding principles of accessible free education for all.


September 30
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Gresham College


Museum of London
150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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