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Climate Breakdown: Habit, Fear, and Progress

Juliet Davenport, Rupert Read, Simon Sharpe and Gaia Vince Chaired by Stephen Law

Thursday, 30 March 2023

2:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Businesswoman Juliet Davenport, environmental activist Dr Rupert Read, economist Simon Sharpe and science journalist Gaia Vince ask what’s preventing us from acting on climate change and debate the practical steps businesses should take to counter it.

Climate change and the destruction of the Earth is arguably the most urgent issue of our time. We appear to be hurtling towards the end of civilisation as we know it. If we are to save ourselves and our planet, we need to act much faster. For example, we need to cut carbon intensity five times faster than we are just to prevent us exceeding 1.5C global warming. What’s preventing us from taking the necessary steps? As issues around climate change and the environment become more urgent, businesses and start-ups need to work harder than ever before to operate in greener, more sustainable ways, for the benefit of both themselves and the planet. But how, exactly, are they to do that? Our panel of experts offer both sharp analysis and hands-on, practical advice.

Davenport is a businesswoman and former chief executive of Good Energy, a renewable energy company. She also hosts The Great Green Podcast. Her latest book, The Green Start-Up, is an essential toolkit for the modern-day entrepreneur.

Read is associate professor of philosophy at the UEA. He is a former spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, an environmental activist, and a former Green Party councillor. His most recent book is Why Climate Breakdown Matters, a practical guide on how to be a radical, responsible climate activist.

Sharpe is director of economics for the UN Climate Champions, and a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute. He was previously deputy director of the UK government’s COP26 Unit, where he led international campaigns on energy, transport, land use, science and innovation. Sharpe is author of Five Times Faster: Rethinking the Science, Economics, and Diplomacy of Climate Change.

Vince is an award-winning science journalist, author, broadcaster and speaker. She is particularly interested in how human systems and Earth’s planetary systems interact. Her latest book is Nomad Century: How to Survive The Climate Upheaval.

Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, a philosopher and academic, author of bestselling introductions to philosophy for adults and children, editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and the festival’s major projects director.

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Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Royal Academy of Arts Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland Pasture to Plate