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With time running out to prevent a climate catastrophe, what can society do to save itself from disaster? Who needs to act and how? Will social conscience save us? Can Birmingham lead the charge to a sustainable future? Join us for a pint as we explore the roles of politics, protest and the West Midlands in transitioning to a cleaner, greener existence.
Energy Innovation: Transforming the West Midlands
Professor Martin Freer (Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and the Midlands based Energy Research Accelerator)
The talk will focus on the imperatives for development of new approaches to energy, transport and waste to develop integrated solutions which allow the transformation of cities through delivering low carbon solutions and clean air at a cost that is affordable. The Birmingham Energy Institute in collaboration with the Energy Research Accelerator is working to develop new approaches in technology, business models and new regulatory approaches through the creation of Energy Innovation Zones. The scale and breadth of this activity will be described.
Consumption, Collective Action, and the Challenge of Climate Change
Countries like the UK like to claim that they are global leaders in climate policy, pointing to large cuts in emissions, often achieved through developing new technology. In the context of the climate crisis, real leadership requires us to change the terms of the debate over what action is needed, to focus not just on technology but on how we act and consume in our everyday lives (and who ‘we’ are). Graeme will discuss the problem of climate and consumption, along with some of the lessons that can be learnt from environmental movements like Extinction Rebellion and the Global Climate Strike.