Climate Change - The Giant Awakening
10:15 - 11:00
DeLaMar Theater (D5 Panel Room) | Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam
A lecture by professor Chris Rapley, climate scientist at University College London
The message of climate change is simple. It’s Happening, It’s Us, and it’s Seriously Threatening. Current events such as hurricanes, floods and droughts super-charged by climate change provide a disturbing foretaste of what is on its way. But there are hopeful signs as well.
The Paris Accord was a diplomatic triumph, and advances in green technology have driven down the costs of renewable energy to the point where they compete with fossil fuels. But progress remains too slow and on too small a scale.
Professor Chris Rapley, former director of the British Antarctic Survey and one of the world’s leading climate scientists, has been warning the world for years that lack of action on climate change will have catastrophic impacts in future decades.
His theatre play "2071: The World We’ll Leave Our Grandchildren" looks at how climate has changed in the past, how and why it is changing now, and the need for humanity to act to avoid dangerous disruption in the future.
In this lecture he will perform sections from his theatre play and talk about his belief that creativity must be at the centre of shaping our future climate.
Chris Rapley (University College London, GB)
Professor climate science