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The Hatfield Lecture 2020
Climate Change - the challenge of our time: from policy to personal action

Tuesday, 25 February 2020


SPEAKER: James Close

James is the Head of the Circular Economy Programme for London. He has a background in sustainability and climate change and has worked extensively across public and private sectors in London, UK and internationally. Prior to joining LWARB, James was the Director for Climate Change at the World Bank in Washington DC. He has also been a partner at EY and the Head of the Corporate and Private Finance Team at H M Treasury. In 2010, he was the author of the Mayor of London's Prospective for London as a Low Carbon Capital. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Blockchain and Climate Institute.

~ Climate change is the challenge of our time. We know what the causes of climate change are and what we need to do.
~ But collective efforts are a long way behind where they need to be.
~ The right response is a combination of outrage and optimism.

Join a discussion with James Close to find out what you can do personally and what we can do collectively?

~ Identify major areas of your personal carbon footprint - transport, food, fashion.
~ Think about lifestyle shifts - shift to circular economy principles - reduce, reuse, repair, recycle.
~ Using your voice and influence - divestment (already done for Durham University), political engagement and voting, chosing your job.

Together we can make the difference for a more resilient, circular and 'net zero' planet.

Free lecture, open to all Durham University staff and students.

Deadline for booking: Monday 24 February at 12noon.

  • Registration
    Venue: Elvet Riverside lecture theatre ER201, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT.
    Timings: 6pm to 7pm.

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  • Free