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I-SEE Seminar: Jonathon Porritt – ‘Exploring the Psychodrama of Accelerating Climate Change’


How can we maintain a balance between hope and despair in these contested times, and what are our obligations to young people in addressing these political and psychological dilemmas?

The evidence about climate change keeps on getting worse – confirmed both by ever more extreme weather events and by steadily worsening trends in key ecosystems. Both scientists and campaigners are acutely aware of the dilemma this poses: tell it as it is, in all its unvarnished and discomfiting reality, and risk alienating or even disempowering people; or fudge it, in the hope of making it easier for people to start getting much more involved.

You are invited to join the University of Bath’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE) for prior discussions and afternoon tea from 4:00pm in the Wessex Restaurant before this seminar in the 8 West 3.22 lecture theatre from 4.30pm until 5.45pm.

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, and is doing more and more work in India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

In addition, Jonathon is President of The Conservation Volunteers, a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation), He is a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser.He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008). He stood down as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009, after nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers.   Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012.  His latest book is ‘The World We Made’ (Phaidon 2013), providing a positive vision of how we get to be living in a fair and sustainable world in 2050. Previous books include Capitalism As If The World Matters (Earthscan, revised 2007). Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.