MRC-PHE Researchers Society Presents – Climate Change: From Theory to Action

By the decade 2006-2015, approximately 20-40% of the global population experienced warming of more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in at least one season. Extreme events such as heat waves, flooding, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and droughts are increasing (and will continue to increase) in frequency, length and severity. According to the ntergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report (4th May 2019), human activity has led to over 1,000,000 species being threatened with extinction; only a striking 3% of marine areas being free from human pressure, and more than 500,000 species finding themselves with insufficient habitats to survive in the long-term, just to mention a few. Last October 2018, the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted the urgency of action throwing a “final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe'”.

At this point, there is no doubt that we are responsible for one of the worst ecological disasters in history, the question now is: 

Are we going to do something about it? 

Join us on the 23rd and find out how people around you are changing the rules of the game!

There is little time to act, so… let’s get to it!


EU EXTERNAL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE – Sanne Thijssen, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) Maastricht , The Netherlands – Sanne Thijssen is as a Research Assistant at the independent research organization European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), based in Maastricht and Brussels. Working at the cross-road of research and knowledge-brokering, Sanne will present recent findings on EU external action on climate change, as a growing field for collaboration with middle-income and more-advanced developing countries

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE - Emma Crofts, Environment Agency (EA), UK – The Environment Agency (EA) is a public body responsible for the protection and improvement of the environment in England and Wales. In the context of a changing climate, flooding has become a concern in England as it is expected to increase in frequency, severity and number of areas affected. Emma works as an engagement advisor for the Flood Resilience Program where they work with communities and local organizations to build communities resilient to flooding.

SUSTAINABLE CITIES - Ben Hudson, London Sustainability Exchange (LSx), London, UK – Ben is the Project Director of the London Sustainability Exchange (LSx). This organization was aims to develop and promote partnerships between businesses, government and charitable organizations to reduce London's environmental footprint, establish a green economy and promote sustainable lifestyles among communities. Ben will give us an overview of LSx work to make our city more sustainable and our communities resilient to climate change 

FEMINISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE - Kate Metcalf, Women's Environmental Network (WEN), London, UK – Kate Metcalf is Co-Director of Women's Environmental Network, the only UK charity working on issues that link women, health, equality and the environment. WEN brings a gender approach to environmental issues, including climate change. At the moment, Kate is responsible for the WEN’s Campaigns Program, developing new partnerships across sectors. She will be talking about WEN´s campaigns on “Climate Change and gender gap” and the “Environmenstrual” campaign.

PANEL DISCUSSION with a special guest from the Grantham Institute!

Panel Chair: Aina Roca Barcelo

Free drinks reception and networking event at the end!

Come around and mingle!