How urgent is the need to take serious action over the threat of what some are calling "climate catastrophe"? What are the factors that prevent sufficient attention being given to this topic? And what are the best methods to overcome this state of learned ignorance, and to advance practical solutions?
This event features Andrew Medhurst from Extinction Rebellion, the global movement focussed on creating mass nonviolent civil disobedience as (they say) "a last resort to get governments acting sensibly and urgently on the global climate emergency".
For more information about Extinction Rebellion, see https://rebellion.earth/.
Here's how Extinction Rebellion describe their message:
The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an unprecedented global emergency. Our children and our nation face grave risk.
In this public talk, members of Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.
The meeting will also feature comments from a number of other climate change thinkers and activists, representing different perspectives. Questions to be explored include: Is Extinction Rebellion the trailblazer for better ways to overturn entrenched politics?
Respondents will include:
*) Paul Powlesland from Lawyers for Nature, http://lawyersfornature.com/ - Paul is also a Newspeak House Fellow;
*) Gavin Starks from Dgen, https://www.dgen.net - a decentralised network for the digital generation.
Everyone is welcome and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and discuss afterwards.
== About the main speaker ==
Andrew Medhurst has more than 30 years experience in financial services, including time in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Stockholm, as well as London. He specialised in risk identification, compliance, and governance. He left the industry in January, and now focuses on "mobilising a rebellion against climate breakdown".
To read why climate change made Andrew give up his career, see https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/climate-change-why-it-made-me-quit-my-job-316532b0e330
== Logistics ==
The talk will take place in the Great Hall area (on the ground floor) of Newspeak House. Please arrive in time to be seated for the start of the presentation at 6.30pm.
The meeting is free to attend, but numbers will be restricted, so please RSVP in advance.