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Join us in the Duke of York as we explore the big questions surrounding climate change and find out how a village in West Sussex has fought for renewable power. With talks, games and the chance to win some Pint of Science goodies!
We like to frame climate change as a black-and-white issue: are you with us, or against us? Is it our fault, or all natural? Are we screwed, or is there nothing to worry about? Is polar ice disappearing or increasing? I’ll tell the real story of climate science – the importance of shades of grey, and how seeming opposites can coexist. This is a personal journey of both the science and life of a scientist, about dealing with tribal battles for the climate change narrative and making sense of a staggeringly complex planet.
How a village saw off fracking and invented solar railways
Back in the summer of 2013, the quiet village of Balcombe rocketed hit headlines the world over when fracking company Cuadrilla drove its rig into town for a bit of experimental drilling. The village was left bruised by the experience, divided even. They’d also been forced to address a question most of us manage to avoid: How are we going to power ourselves? This is the story of how they came back together through plans for a community-owned solar farm, and in the process helped develop a new way to power trains which could transform transport systems around the world.