Monday, 2 November 2009

Are you into Climate change? Can you get to Yorkshire on Friday?

A limited number of tickets are available for the Countdown to Copenhagen Debate which will take place from 6.00-7.30pm on Friday 13th November at the University of Leeds.

Hosted by the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, the debate will be introduced by University of Leeds’ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur and chaired by Centre Director, Professor Andy Gouldson.

Our panel comprises:

- Franny Armstrong, Director of the Age of Stupid and founder of the 10:10 campaign
- the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for DEFRA
- Piers Forster, Professor of Climate Change, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Leeds
- Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament
- the Rt Hon John Prescott MP, Leader of the British delegation to the Council of Europe/ Rapporteur for Climate Change for the Council of Europe
- Ashok Sinha, Director of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition

The debate, which will be a catalyst for a lively open question and answer session with an audience comprising students, university staff, people from the city and region working on climate-change/sustainability, activists and members of the public, will explore issues such as:

- Given the latest scientific evidence on climate change, what kind of global deal does the world need?
- What are the obstacles to achievement at Copenhagen and how can these be overcome?
- What should the UK and the EU be doing to enhance the prospects for an ambitious global deal at Copenhagen?
- How can activists/other interested parties best maintain political pressure on Government/other decision makers?
- How will Government ministries work together to deliver on commitments made at Copenhagen?
- What impacts might a global deal at Copenhagen have on the economy and society in the UK and internationally?

Remaining places will be offered on a first come-first served basis. To request a place, please email Centre Administrator, Margo Hanson ( ), ensuring that your full name, and if relevant, name of your organisation, are detailed in your reply.

Details of the venue and arrangements to collect tickets will be emailed nearer the time.

Although there will be an open question and answer session after the panel debate, we would like our audience to inform the debate itself and would welcome any questions or important points you would like raising during the debate. Please include these in your email reply.

Obi-talk time:
Inbetween me trying to work out my reports for Project Survival Media, I think this debate is great stuff for the way forward. I received this and thought I should spill it.