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Preserving and enhancing our shared environment

(21 February 2020)

Durham University's Bill Bryson Library in the sunshine with trees

Our Bill Bryson Library

Durham is a beautiful and inspiring place to study, work and live, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why we’re working hard to make Durham an environmentally sustainable University.

Environment Week: 24-28 February

February 24-28 is our Environment Week: a week to share ideas and challenge ourselves on how we can all live, work and travel in more sustainable ways.

There’s lots going on: guided walks, riverside clean-ups, information stalls and much more.

‘Climate change – the challenge of our time’

On Tuesday 25 February, James Close will give a talk titled: ‘Climate change – the challenge of our time: from policy to personal action’.

James studied Chemistry here and is now Head of the Circular Economy Programme for London Waste and Recycling Board, working to make London a city where waste is eliminated and resources continually reused.

He believes that:

  • We know what causes climate change
  • And we know what we need to do about it,
  • But collective efforts are a long way behind where they need to be.

The right response, he says, is: a combination of outrage and optimism.

James will talk about what we can do to reduce our personal carbon footprint, make lifestyle changes and use our voice and influence.

The talk, The Hatfield Lecture 2020, will take place at ER 201, Elvet Riverside, 83 New Elvet, Durham, on Tuesday 25 February at 6pm. Entry is free and open to all. Click below to book your place.