From Surviving to Thriving

Wednesday 7 December 7.30pm

Dr Dominic Walker

Analyst in energy and the Net Zero transition at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, helping to decarbonise the UK energy system ahead of Net Zero by 2050. His PhD explored the role of art in communicating science and environmental change through institutions, culture and society. He has co-convened, chaired sessions and presented papers at Royal Geographical Society and many institutions in the US and Europe.

The Talk

Dominic will address the question of adapting to climate change. It is here, so we need to learn to live with it in the best way we can.

  1. Personal level

Familiar ideas but no less important: cycling or walking rather than CO2 transport, switch to renewable energy provider, install solar panels, think climate!

  1. Community level

Sharing among neighbours, helping others through adversity, getting involved in local issues and supporting ecologically important solutions in the local area

  1. National and international level

Reducing reliance on fossil fuels and decarbonising power sectors, smarter agricultural practices, changing diets towards different forms of edible proteins and more weather-resistant crops, widespread rollout of insulation measures, painting buildings for higher albedo, greening urban spaces, unwinding subsidies on fossil fuels and ramping up on sustainable energy forms (and using subsidies more broadly as a good incentive), more joining up with other countries regarding waste, plastics, ecological destruction etc

  1. Next steps when you leave here tonight

A short to-do list to usher in a brighter 2023.

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