First floor of University of Manchester Students’ Union, 4 to 6pm, Weds 20 Feb.
Alternative Lecture Series. Climate Change: Historical Perceptions & International Negotiation
We have multiple speakers in this week!
The first two are Masters students from the School of History of Science, Technology and Medicine – Robert Naylor and Amber Quraishi on Historical Perceptions of Climate Change:
The traditional story of climate change is one of big international conferences between governments, leading to grand sounding resolutions which rarely seem to be kept to. However, the 1970s show is that the story could have been very different, with smaller, more user based approaches for adapting to climate change being explored around this time. There will be surprises along the way – the first climate change act in the US was brought to Congress by one Democrat and two Republicans. The discussion surrounding climate was very different to today, but nevertheless we can draw lessons if we choose to. Prepare your preconceptions challenged about the climate debate.
Ignore the bit that says “lectures” – I don’t do lectures if I can avoid it (as in, formal ones. Lots of ranting, but in a lecture format, I try to subvert)
Title: International Climate Negotiations – a fun bluffer’s guide.
What’s the Paris Agreement? What does it say? What was the Kyoto Protocol and (why) should you care? What does UNFCCC stand for? What are these COPs that I keep hearing about, and has any of it ever made any difference? If you’re confused about the international climate negotiations that have been going on for thirty years, come to this session – meet other confused and less-confused people. Learn some useful facts in a fun way, get to ask as many questions as you want and go away with new friends, new sources of information and inspiration.
Marc Hudson recently passed his viva: his thesis was on incumbent resistance to carbon pricing in Australia. He is old enough to remember (all to well) the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. He edits manchesterclimatemonthly.net