Sunday 22 November 2020 | 2:00pm

Jonathon Porritt, Dieter Helm & Caroline Lucas

Sunday 22 November 2020 | 2:00pm

Jonathon Porritt, Dieter Helm & Caroline Lucas

£5.00 - Single event ticket
£25.00 - Festival Pass

Could Covid-19 be the catalyst for reversing the climate catastrophe? Join our three speakers who devote their lives to the health of the planet upon which all of our lives depend.

Jonathon Porritt, Dieter Helm & Caroline Lucas: Can We Save the Planet?

The recent pandemic has sharpened our focus on the natural world and the vandalism that humanity has inflicted on it. Could Covid-19 be the catalyst for reversing the climate catastrophe? Join our three speakers who devote their lives to the health of the planet upon which all of our lives depend. Jonathon Porritt’s new book Hope in Hell asserts that the next decade is the decisive one in halting climate change, and Dieter Helm claims in his recently published Net Zero that to stop causing climate change we need to reduce carbon emissions and increase carbon absorption. Green Party MP for Brighton, Caroline Lucas will contribute her depth and breadth of knowledge to make this an unmissable event.   

Author Biographies

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies. In addition, Jonathon is President of Population Matters, President of The Conservation Volunteers and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90), co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83), of which he is still a member, a Trustee of World Wildlife Fund UK (1991-2005) and between 2000-2009 he was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012 and he received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection. 

Professor Dieter Helm is Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford. He specialises in the environment, notably in climate change, biodiversity, water, energy and agriculture. Previous books have included Burn Out: The Endgame of Fossil FuelsThe Carbon Crunch and Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet. In December 2015, Dieter was reappointed as Independent Chair of the Natural Capital Committee. He is also an Honorary Vice President of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.