Climate lecture by Professor Kevin Anderson

Friends of the Earth Scotland

Jun 25, 2019
Kevin is a leading climate expert and Professor of Climate and Energy at University of Manchester (Tyndall Centre). He was invited to speak in Edinburgh by Friends of the Earth Scotland.

He discussed the question “Can meaningful hope spring from revealing the depth of our climate failure?

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“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

Peel away the layers of dangerously naïve hope and unfounded optimism and the mitigation challenge posed by the Paris Agreement now demands the rapid and profound re-shaping of contemporary society.

Whilst the models dominating the mitigation agenda employ evermore exotic and speculative technologies to remain ‘politically palatable’, the arithmetic of emissions increasingly embeds equity at the heart of any mathematically cogent strategy.

Dress it up however we may like, the Parisian mitigation agenda is ultimately a rationing issue. Until we are prepared to acknowledge this, we will continue our reckless pathway towards a 3-5°C future.

Against such a depressing backdrop, do the rapid emergence of new and vociferous constituencies and the heightened profile of climate change suggest early cracks and the prospect of new light?

Find out more about Kevin’s work at http://www.kevinanderson.info and support the climate campaigning of Friends of the Earth Scotland at http://www.foe.scot/climate-action/

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