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If 2020 is the climate movement’s “super year” how are we facing the challenge?

Tuesday 17 March 13:00 until 14:00
Jubilee G32
Speaker: Alice Bell
Part of the series: Energy & Climate Seminar Series


This is a big year for climate action, especially in the UK. There’s a bumper set of UN climate talks due, and climate change is “coming home” inasmuch as, for the first time, these talks will be hosted by the UK, the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Moreover, concern about climate change is rising high, with new social movements and new turns of phrase emerging in the last 18 months (Extinction Rebellion, the youth strikers, “flight shame” “climate crisis”). We’ve been here before though; interest in climate change seems to bubble up every decade or so with increasing intensity and has done since the 1950s (since the 1850s, even). What, then, are the particular challenges and opportunities the climate movement faces in 2020, and how can we build commitment to climate action that lasts? Alice Bell will discuss some of the key issues facing climate NGOs at this crucial time and outline some of the projects her organisation, Possible, have developed to meet this challenge. 


Dr Alice Bell is a writer and campaigner, specialising in the politics of science, technology and the environment. She co-leads the climate change charity Possible (formally 10:10 Climate Action) working on everything from tree-planting days to community-owned solar powered railways. As an academic, Alice worked at the Science Communication Group, Imperial College, the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex, UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies, and City University’s Journalism School. Her writing has appeared in the Times, Observer, Independent and New Scientist, amongst others. She produced a long form history of the 1970s radical science movement for Mosaic magazine, and co-founded the Guardian science policy blog. Alice is author of Can We Save the Planet?, an illustrated guide to environmental crises (Thames and Hudson, March 2020), and is currently working on a history of the climate crisis (Bloomsbury, Autumn 2021).

By: Francisco Dominguez
Last updated: Thursday, 20 February 2020