Humanity is in a race, a kind of civil war. Believers in a safe future fuelled by endless sunlight and related forms of clean energy combat defenders of finite carbon fuels careless of the impact they have on the world by clinging to coal, oil, and gas.
Jeremy Leggett has fought for the light side for a quarter of a century as it lost battle after battle to the dark side. Then, in 2013, the tide began to turn. It is now clear the light side can win the war. In "The winning of the carbon war", Leggett's dispatches from the front lines tell the story of the turnaround years, and what they mean for the world.
About Jeremy Leggett:
Jeremy Leggett is a social entrepreneur and author of a number of key books on the subject of climate change:
• "The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance"
• "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"
Leggett is founding director 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.
2pm-4pm, Saturday 7th March 2015.
Venue: Room 541, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room 541 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.
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.