The schedule for the event consisted of two keynote speakers, Linda McAvan MEP (Member of the European Parliament) for Yorkshire and the Humber, and Mike Berners-Lee, author and leading expert in carbon footprinting. The were also shorter talks from representatives within the University, senior lecturer in Human Geography Dr. Matt Watson, head of the School of Architecture and CNU member Prof. Fionn Stevenson, and CNU co-chair and co-founder Chris Rosslowe. Below we outline some of the content of these talks and what we learned. A full amateur audio recording with accompanying slides can be found here, and also a full timeline of the tweets around the event can be found here. The event was also recorded professionally, and this will be freely available online shortly.
During the intermission there was a networking session with stalls ran by representatives from various local volunteer organisations as well as the CNU subgroups. There were representatives from People and Planet, Frack Free South Yorkshire, Sheffield Renewables, Sheffield Climate Alliance, Greenpeace, CO2Chem, Engineers Without Borders, friends of the earth Sheffield, the Grantham Centre, NUS Green Impact and Science in Policy.
17:45 – 18:20: Linda McAvan MEP
18:20 – 18:30: Chris Rosslowe
19:00 – 19:40: Mike Berners-Lee
Following on from this he also addressed the issue of the global food network, and in particular the waste in the system. Startling figures were presented that demonstrated that on average we grow 6000 calories of grain per person per day globally, and yet we still find that there is not quite enough to go around. Finally, he had some practical advice for Universities and individuals concerned about reducing emissions and creating a sustainable future. We have shared this slide below:
So please, join the network, engage with people to spread the word, and help us hold your University and local politicians to account.
Hopefully we will see you at the Climate rally in Sheffield on November 28th in the run up to COP21!