In order to spark new climate conversations, we run a wide range of public events.
WSEN Global Summit 2016 : Sustainability Together 25-29 July 2016
The World Student Environmental Network (WSEN) Global Summit will be passing through Oxford on 27 July. Our fantastic volunteer Tara Clarke will be delivering a workshop there on how we can communicate about climate change more effectively.
The complex challenges of climate change are intertwined in multiple political, economic and social structures and therefore need solutions that account for this entanglement. At the WSEN summit, students will come from different corners of the globe to learn from each other in order to drive change forward at their own universities and communities.
This year's, the Global Summit focus will be on bridging our differences in values, experiences, and understandings in order to co-operate in our efforts towards a sustainable future. In other words, Sustainability Together!
Applications for this year’s summit have now closed, but keep an eye on their website if you’d like to apply for next year!
Symposium: Faith For The Climate - What next after Paris? London, 21 September 2016
Global temperatures in March 2016 were the warmest on record. As climate change becomes increasingly urgent, join us in London on September 21 for an evening of positive action!
George Marshall will be speaking along with Canon Giles Goddard (Operation Noah), Rabbi Natan Levy, Maiya Rahman (Islamic Relief), Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Dr Husna Ahmad and Sir David King about working across faith on climate change, drawing on the key findings presented in our guide on Faith & Climate Change.
Conference: Resurgence, Oxford, 22-25 September 2016
The Resurgence conference will bring together 50 leading international speakers and change-makers including our very own George Marshall, Bill McKibben, Christiana Figueres, Vandana Shiva, David Puttnam, Alan Rusbridger, Caroline Lucas, Rowan Williams, Fritjof Capra, Jonathon Porritt and many others.
In his session on Friday 23 September from 11:30am to 12:30pm, George will explore how our innate cognitive biases have become mapped onto deeper political and cultural divides, generating denial and a socially constructed silence around climate change. He argues that this analysis can lead us to new insights and creative solutions – finding ways to build language and new narratives that speak to people’s core motivations and identity.
George will also be chairing the session lead by Bill McKibben and Paula Byrne on Sunday September 25th from 10 to 11am.
Conference: The Women's Institute Public Affairs Conference, 12 October 2016
A Public Affairs Conference will be held for the Women's Institute members on the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells on 12 October 2016.
George Marshall will be speaking on 'How to communicate climate change with the general public', alongside Dr Andrew Goodall, Director General Health / Chief Executive of NHS Wales and Sophie Howe, Commissioner for Future Generations. George will focus on how to talk to people who are sceptical - especially people with conservative values, and how we might speak to people in Wales in ways that resonate with Welsh identity and value.
The workshop will be fun, fast moving and very interactive. Hold on tight!
Forum: Healthy Planet, Better World - Bringing the Health community together to address our global ecological crisis, 8-10 December 2016
Human health is dependent on a healthy environment. Yet we are damaging ecosystems and unsustainably depleting natural resources in ways that undermine our ability to sustain healthy and equitable societies. The threats posed by climate change and wider environmental degradation are serious.
However, these threats also present a number of opportunities for positive change. These include restructuring our economies so that they place greater emphasis on wellbeing and fairness. The health community has both a mandate and a vested interest in calling for the social, political and economic actions required to drive through the necessary transformative changes in society. More importantly, their positions in society give them a massive opportunity to influence and shape the way we think and act as a global community.
Dr Chris Shaw and Alex Randall will be speaking along with Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute), David Pencheon (NHS Sustainable Development Unit), John Vidal (The Guardian) and more. Alex will focus on the relationship between conflict, migration and the environment, and Chris will explore better ways of communicating climate change.