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Adapting To A Warmer Climate

  • Tuesday, 21 July, 2020 - 07:30 to Tuesday, 21 July, 2020 - 10:30
  • Online - Worldwide, ,
  • The Future Economy Network
  • anyone looking to learn how climate change will affect us, from the perspective of health and wellbeing, urban changes, building changes, transport changes. businesses, employees, students, teachers, self employed, SMEs, BAME communities, families


We are keeping a close eye on all updates in relation to COVID-19. Our events up until the end of July have been confirmed as interactive webinars/online workshops, including our valuable networking sessions and 60 second pitches. If we can revert back to physical events, you will have the option to attend physically or virtually.

Normally, we think about resilience as bouncing back to pre-crisis conditions, but climate change is happening. Not only do we need to continue our efforts to be sustainable, but we need to learn how to adapt to the changes around us.

Together, we can adopt new ways of seeing the world. Much of the dialogue surrounding climate change centres on external preparedness, such as transport, energy and physical infrastructure. Equally important is an effort to shore up people's internal resources - looking at our health and wellbeing as we learn to accept the changes happening around us.

The Future Economy Network welcomes Drawdown UK, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Climate Psychology Alliance to speak at this event.

Vedantha Kumar, Head of Transport and Industry in the UK Government's International Climate Strategy team will be speaking about the impacts of a warmer climate on transport. New shipping routes, cities too hot to walk in, and melting pavements are all potential impacts of a warmer climate. Our priority should be to reduce emissions and ensure temperature rises do not exceed those required by the Paris Agreement. Vedantha will discuss options around how we do this in the transport sector, the role of international coordination, and what businesses and civil society can do to help.

Alexander Furey, Head of Growth at Drawdown UK will be speaking about the challenges of a warmer climate and its effects on our buildings and physical infrastructure.
One such effect is the phenomenon of Urban Heat Islands (UHI) which is an urban area that is significantly warmer than rural areas surrounding it. Most major cities are UHI’s and so Alexander will explore the causes of this phenomenon and outline some of the solutions offered by an amazing initiative called Project Drawdown, which aims to help us achieve Drawdown - when greenhouse gas concentrations will peak and then begin to fall.

Paul Hoggett, Co-Founder, Climate Psychology Alliance
There is a high probability that dangerous climate change is now unavoidable. Whilst we must redouble our efforts at mitigation we also need to begin the work of preparing people to live in a more unpredictable, frightening and resource constrained world. This is sometimes referred to as ‘deep adaptation’. Using insights gained from the experiences of people with chronic or degenerative illnesses, what lessons can we learn about human resilience and about our capacity to generate new sources of solidarity, meaning and happiness in an otherwise deteriorating world?

07:30 - 07:45 - Registration
07:45 - 08:05 - Facilitated Networking
08:05 - 08:15 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network
08:15 - 08:30 - Vedantha Kumar, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
08:30 - 08:40 - Q&A with Vedantha
08:40 – 08:55 – Alexander Furey, Drawdown UK
08:55 - 09:05 - Q&A with Alexander
09:05 - 09:20 – Paul Hoggett, Climate Psychology Alliance
09:20 - 09:30 – Q&A with Paul
09:30 - 09:40 - Extra Time for Group Q&A
09:40 - 09:45 - 60 Second Pitches
09:45 - 09:50 - Close
09:50 - 10:15 – Optional Facilitated Networking

Meet The Speakers!

Vedantha Kumar is Head of Transport and Industry, within the UK Government's International Climate Action unit. He is responsible for developing and strengthening international coalitions that aim to accelerate the decarbonisation of global transport and industry emissions, with COP26 a key milestone. He is also a Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Science and Policy. He has a background in heat decarbonisation, emissions trading and climate law.

Alexander Furey is the Head of Growth at Drawdown UK and one of the Co-Directors of an organisation called Zero Waste London.

Project Drawdown is an amazing initiative from the US that ranks and evaluates the 100 most powerful carbon reduction solutions to help us achieve Drawdown, which is when greenhouse gas concentrations peak and then begin to fall. The mission of Drawdown UK is to build a community in order to scale the Drawdown solutions in the UK.

Zero Waste London is a pioneering organisation that facilitates, hosts and promotes zero waste related events and activities, including socials, talks, panel discussions, tours, film & documentary screenings and workshops and act as a platform for everything related to zero waste happening in London and further afield. Zero Waste London is now the largest zero waste community in the UK, with over 2,000 members.

Paul Hoggett, Co-Founder, Climate Psychology Alliance

Paul Hoggett was the co-founder and first Chair of the Climate Psychology Alliance, which is now an international network of therapists, researchers, activists and others concerned to bring an understanding of the human mind to bear upon our collective resistance to engaging fully with climate change. Paul is a practising psychotherapist and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, Bristol.

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