Harnessing The Power Of The Sun.
Join us at this important meeting in the House of Lords on climate change and hosted by Lord Richard Layard.
The world faces a crisis of man made climate change. Without drastic action it could get out of control and affect us and our planet dramatically.
At this meeting two leading figures in this debate will join with us to discuss how they think we can avoid the path to a perilous future.
Lord Richard Layard is a British economist, currently working as programme director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. His early career focused on how to reduce unemployment and inequality. He was one of the first economists to work on happiness, with one theme being the importance of non-income variables on aggregate happiness, including mental health. He has recently teamed up with Sir David King to advocate major research and development around solar power.
Sir David King has been appointed as Foreign Secretary William Hague’s new special representative for climate change.He was the Chief Scientific Adviser to H.M. Government under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and Head of the Government Office for Science from October 2000 to 31 December 2007.In that time, he raised the profile of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the new £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute.
Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is a Professor of Climatology at University College London. He is a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship, Executive Director of Rezatec Ltd and Director of The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. He is science advisor to the Global Cool Foundation, Climatecom Strategies, Steria, and Carbon Sense Ltd. He is a trustee of the charity TippingPoint and a member of Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Committee. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in past global and regional climatic change and has publish over 120 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and The Lancet.
The recent report from the United Nations confirms the huge danger from our continued dependence on fossil fuel and the serious impact it will have on climate change for future generations. In order to avoid what could be a catastrophe for our planet we need solutions on a global scale.
Sir David and Lord Layard argue that there should be a world sunpower programme of research, development and demonstration. The goal would be by 2025 to deliver solar electricity at scale to the grid at a cost below the cost of fossil fuel.
Each country would have the goal of demonstrating bulk supply of unsubsidised solar electricity in scale to the grid by 2025. At the world level, the target would be for solar electricity to be at least 10% of total energy supply by 2025 and 25% by 2030.
We are no where near that target at the moment and many countries including our own have a confused and unclear energy policy. But time is short and action is needed soon.
So join us and listen to these leading voices and hear what they have to say about the crisis we are in and what solutions are needed.
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