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Should climate change be the UK's top policy priority?

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Fantasy Frontbench Debates: Should climate change be the UK’s top policy priority?

Chair: Dr. Helen Czerski (Physicist and Broadcaster)

Speakers:
Natalie Bennett (Former Leader, Green Party)
Emily Shuckburgh (British Antarctic Survey)
Mark Maslin (Earth System Scientist and Director of the London NERC DTP)
Ahir Shah (Comedian)

Join us at UCL for an interactive live panel debate on UK climate change policy, which will give you, the audience, the opportunity to vote throughout the debate as well as put questions to our expert panel.

The debate will be chaired by Dr. Helen Czerski, Physicist, Oceanographer and Broadcaster, co-chaired by a youth representative and feature a number of high-profile speakers including Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party, Ahir Shah political satirist and Edinburgh Comedy Award 'Best Show' 2017 nominee, Prof. Mark Maslin, UCL academic and author of Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction and Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey and co-author of Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book).

The inaugural Fantasy Frontbench Debate marks the official launch of the partnership between UCL Public Policy - UCL’s flagship initiative to build engagement between researchers and policymakers - and the not-for-profit digital democracy service Fantasy Frontbench, which aims to engage people in the process of politics and policy-making.

The event will be live broadcast via Facebook Live, providing the opportunity for those online to participate in the debate.

Please note: We will begin live broadcasting at 7.00pm, as such please ensure you are in the auditorium by 6.45pm.


SPEAKER PROFILES

Dr. Helen Czerski (Chair)
Helen is a physicist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL, and her research topic is the physics of the ocean surface. She writes regularly about the physics of the everyday world and is a science presenter for the BBC.

Natalie Bennett (Former Leader, Green Party)
Natalie was leader of the Green Party from 2012-2016, including during the 2015 general election, when the party won 1.1 million votes, more than in every previous election added together. She continues to work full-time on Green politics. A feminist since age five, she spent 20 years as a journalist, including five years as editor of the Guardian Weekly. Her first degree was in agricultural science, but she's since also branched into humanities and social science. One day she's going to get back to her book on the history of the women of London. She's known for campaigning against single-use plastics, for a revolution in our food and farming systems, and knows far too much about surviving British train journeys.

Emily Shuckburgh (British Antarctic Survey)
Dr Emily Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and mathematician based at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She leads the national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA) and is deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at BAS, which is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system. She holds a number of positions at the University of Cambridge (fellow of Darwin College, fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy). In the past she has worked at Ecole Normal Superieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Envrionment Research Council. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

Mark Maslin (Earth System Scientist and Director of the London NERC DTP)
Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is a Professor of Climatology at University College London. He is a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship, Executive Director of Rezatec Ltd and Director of The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. He is science advisor to the Global Cool Foundation and the Sopria-Steria Group and a member of Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Committee. Maslin is a leading scientist with particular expertise in past global and regional climatic change and has publish over 180 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Climate Change and The Lancet. He has been PI or Co-I on grants worth over £45 million. His areas of scientific expertise include causes of past and future global climate change and its effects on the global carbon cycle, biodiversity, rainforests and human evolution. He also works on monitoring land carbon sinks using remote sensing and ecological models and international and national climate change policies. His popular book “Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction” by Oxford University Press is now in its third edition and has sold over 40,000 copies. He was included in Who’s Who in 2009 and was granted a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2011.

Ahir Shah (Comedian)
Ahir Shah is a stand-up comedian and writer. His most recent show, Control, was nominated for Best Show at the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He tends to oscillate between apocalyptic pessimism and semi-apocalyptic pessimism.


Important: UCL Public Policy oversubscribes public events as we are aware not all attendees can make it on the night, as such tickets are as a reservation only and seats at the event are on a first come first served basis. Please arrive promptly to secure your place.


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