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Can meaningful hope spring from revealing the depth of our climate failure?...

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We are delighed to welcome our special guest speaker Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change University of Manchester (Tyndall Centre), Uppsala University (CEMUS). Kevin will discuss the question "Can meaningful hope spring from revealing the depth of our climate failure?

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Peel away the layers of dangerously naïve hope and unfounded optimism and the mitigation challenge posed by the Paris Agreement now demands the rapid and profound re-shaping of contemporary society. Whilst the models dominating the mitigation agenda employ evermore exotic and speculative technologies to remain ‘politically palatable’, the arithmetic of emissions increasingly embeds equity at the heart of any mathematically cogent strategy. Dress it up however we may like, the Parisian mitigation agenda is ultimately a rationing issue. Until we are prepared to acknowledge this, we will continue our reckless pathway towards a 3-5°C future.

Against such a depressing backdrop, do the rapid emergence of new and vociferous constituencies and the heightened profile of climate change suggest early cracks and the prospect of new light?

A Friends of the Earth Scotland Board Member will lead the discussion through the afternoon.

Registration begins at 13:15 and Kevin's talk will start promptly at 14:00.

We look forward to welcoming you for what promises to be a fascinating and sobering discussion from a leading climate expert,

Friends of the Earth Scotland

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