Past Meetup

A plea for sanity in the Energy debate: The humanist case for nuclear energy

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Price: £7.00 /per person

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in room 540, on the fifth floor

Location image of event venue


In order to lift billions of people out of different levels of poverty, while at the same time addressing climate change, we need more low-carbon, clean, high-tech energy. Can this be done by relying on wind and solar energy, supplemented with hydro and geothermal? Or should we reconsider a positive role for nuclear energy?

Nuclear energy is a field where dogma and emotions run high. In this London Futurists event, science advocate and writer Mathijs Beckers will set out what he calls "the humanist case for nuclear energy", in a plea for sanity in the energy debate.

== About the speaker ==

Mathijs Beckers was born and live in Geleen, The Netherlands. His professional background includes roles in the IT teams at Philips, communication technology company Royal KPN, and pension fund investor APG (3rd largest in the world).

In 2012, driven by a keen interest in science and technology, Mathijs decided to switch to writing about energy and climate change. His prime motivation for writing about these matters comes from a sense of responsibility: to leave this planet a better place than he found it.

In 2015 Mathijs published Highway to Dystopia―about climate change, energy, politics, economics, and religion;
in 2016 he published Science a la Carte―about climate change and energy; And the Non-Solutions Project―a rebuttal to the 100% WWS Roadmap by Jacobson et al.

In 2017 Mathijs started a YouTube Channel called “The Nuclear Humanist.” If you want to support him in his endeavors, please consider becoming a Patron at

== "Climate Zero Hour" ==

Here's some advance praise for "Climate Zero Hour", the speaker's forthcoming new book:

"To avoid the worst risks of climate change, we must decarbonize power production as fast as possible. Mathijs Beckers shows us that, to do so, nuclear power must be part of the mix and that, tragically, political tribalism on the left is as much an obstacle to solving the problem as conservative tribalism is to recognizing the existence of the problem."
-- Professor Kerry Emanuel, MIT

"Pulling no punches, in Climate Zero Hour, Mathijs Becker uncovers the irrational thinking behind the '100% renewables' illusion, and argues for a central role for nuclear power in solving the twin problems of climate change and energy access."
-- Professor Ken Caldeira, the Carnegie Institution for Science

"Mathijs Becker shows rapid global decarbonization requires an important role for nuclear power."
-- Doctor James Hansen, the Earth Institute at Columbian University

== Meeting logistics ==

2pm-4pm, Sat 30th June 2018.

Venue: Room 540, Birkbeck College (, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room 540 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.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Meeting Place bar in the Royal National Hotel (, 38-51 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG.

== Wifi access ==

Wireless network: BBK-Guest
Username: EnergyFuturis
Password: bCeeah

(The username and password are case sensitive. In practise, it seems this wifi system often needs 2-3 attempts to make a successful connection.)

== Event hashtag ==


== Covering meeting costs ==

A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

(NB you don't need a PayPal account to use the PayPal interface.)

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case 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 in advance.