Climate expert Professor Kevin Anderson (1) will address the elected members of Manchester City Council at a meeting next Wednesday, 30th of January.
According to the agenda (see below), Professor Anderson will be speaking in the Great Hall of Manchester Town Hall, shortly after 10am.
MCFly will confirm these with the Council and Professor Anderson tomorrow (a previous attempt to hold the talk was postponed). This address is a tremendous opportunity for climate activists in Manchester to engage constructively with their elected representatives on the crucial issue of the twenty-first century. Professor Anderson is a very accomplished public speaker, with the facts at his fingertips and the willingness to tell unpalatable truths.
More to follow.
(1) From here: “Kevin Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He has recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organisation, during which time he held a joint post with the University of East Anglia.
Returning full time to Manchester, Kevin now leads Tyndall Manchester’s energy and climate change research programme and is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre. He is research active with recent publications in Royal Society journals, Nature and Energy Policy, and engages widely across all tiers of government.
Kevin’s research interests include: understanding the implications of rising emissions and the latest climate science for mitigation and adaptation policy; analysing opportunities for rapid decarbonisation of the UK’s energy system; and quantifying the role of international transport (aviation and shipping) in a low-carbon society.
With his colleague Alice Bows, Kevin’s work on carbon budgets has been pivotal in revealing the widening gulf between political rhetoric on climate change and the reality of rapidly escalating emissions. His work makes clear that there is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global mean surface temperature at below 2C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary. Moreover, Kevin’s research demonstrates how avoiding even a 4C rise demands a radical reframing of both the climate change agenda and the economic characterisation of contemporary society.
Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He sits as commissioner on the Welsh Governments climate change commission and is a director of Greenstone Carbon Management – a London-based company providing emission-related advice to private and public sector organisations. ”
You can read a June 2012 interview MCFly conducted with him here.