Minerva Lecture: Living in a Hothouse World
Music School Auditorium, Bradfield, Reading
Thursday 19 Mar 2020
19:30 - 21:00 GMT
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A Minerva Science lecture by Old Bradfieldian James Wallace (F 85-90) on Thursday 19 March at 7:30pm about his career in sustainability and how humans and wildlife can live with the climate change and extinction crises.
Living in a hothouse world: a journey from extinction to recovery
From fires raging across Australia to floods sweeping England, many people are already affected by the symptoms of climate breakdown. Wildlife extinctions are soaring and still the forests are cleared and chimneys burn. If the scientists are right, we all face a challenging future. And, sooner rather than later. The spectre of ecological, economic and social collapse has shape-shifted from a global possibility to local reality. Our daily digest of social unrest, nature's destruction and mass migration is having a profound impact on our lives, our wellbeing, our families and friends. We need to understand this new hothouse world and learn how to live in it together. We must re-prioritise our needs and change behaviours, balancing individual hope and security with collective pragmatism and urgency.
James will share his story since leaving Bradfield in 1990 developing a career helping people to realign their lives and work with the rest of the natural world that sustains us. Join him for a tale of heartache and joy, frustration and progress, devastation and restoration, getting lost and being found: a journey into how people young and old can embrace the reality of our situation, and how to collaborate and thrive... before it's too late.