Past Meetup

The Energy of Nations, with Jeremy Leggett

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Price: £5.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

Room 532 is on the fifth floor of the main building

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The energy of nations: Risk blindness and the road to renaissance.

About this talk:

This talk marks the publication of the book with the same name (, written by the speaker, Jeremy Leggett. Jeremy is one of the world's leading thinkers on solar energy, oil depletion, climate change, and dysfunctional investment.

The book is described as follows: "Five systemic risks threatening the global economy. One entrepreneur day to day in the guts of them all. His story is a voyage of discovery into the way the human mind works, the institutionalisation of denial, and the reasons civilisations fail. It is also one of tantalising hope. We have the means to escape the crashes awaiting us in the future, or to soften their blows. Many in society realize this, and are acting, racing to find a road to renaissance before it is too late. He tells their story as well as his own."

See for reviews of the book, a link to a PDF of its opening chapter (, and for details of the author's previous books:

• "The Solar Century: The Past, Present and World-changing Future of Solar Energy" (

• "Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis" (

• "The Carbon War: Global Warming and the End of the Oil Era" (

About the speaker:

Jeremy Leggett ( is a social entrepreneur and author of The Carbon War and Half Gone. He is founder and chairman of Solarcentury, the UK's fastest growing renewable energy company since 2000, and founder and Chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with five percent of Solarcentury’s annual profit’s, itself parent to a social venture, SunnyMoney, that is the top-selling retailer of solar lights in Africa.

An Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, he has been described by the Observer as 'Britain’s most respected green energy boss'.

He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change, and a CNN Principal Voice. He chairs the financial-sector think tank CarbonTracker, and is a risk consultant to large corporations. He writes and blogs on occasion for the Guardian and the Financial Times, lectures on short courses in business and society at the universities of Cambridge and St Gallen, and is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

Meeting Logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 5th October

Venue: Room 532, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 532 is on the 5th floor in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

Optional pre-meeting rendezvous - please feel free to join a small number of regular London Futurist attendees at the Marlborough Arms any time from 12.30pm onwards, for general chat over a light lunch and/or drinks. To find us, look out for a table with a futurist book on it.

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room costs. Please pay in advance, online.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.