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The Climate Majority; Apathy & Action in an Age of Nationalism
Putting the Genie Back; Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma
Thursday, 18th January 2018, 7:45pm
The Great Hall, Oundle School
New Street, Oundle, PE8 4GH
Leo Barasi is a freelance consultant on climate change policy and campaigns. He writes regularly for the Guardian, New Statesman, openDemocracy and ClimateHome. He was awarded the 2014 Sustainable Futures Prize by Birkbeck, University of London.
Leo Barasi’s important and timely book, The Climate Majority, is not about the climate deniers or the climate activists. It’s about apathy, about those who don’t talk about global warming, the billions of people who have heard plenty about climate change and acknowledge there’s a problem, but who are just not engaged enough to stimulate the change required to stop it.
Preventing extreme climate change is one of the hardest tasks humans have ever faced. Rising nationalism and the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement are blows to progress. However only by influencing those who have, so far, remained outside the debate, will we have a chance of building a climate majority to back the measures required to avoid disaster.
David Hone works as Chief Climate Change Adviser at Shell International Ltd. and has been involved with the climate change issue for 15 years. He is a board member for the International Emissions Trading Association, (IETA), and Washington-based think tank Centre for Climate and Energy Solutions, (C2ES).
David questions whether it is realistic to believe that workable solutions can be found to cover the full range of services delivered by fossil fuels, and whether warming can be limited to the agreed global goals of the Paris Agreement. Putting the Genie Back explores the climate issue from its very beginnings through to the end of the 21st Century and looks in depth at the transition challenge we collectively face.