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12th June 2018: Climate Change and the Need to Change Behaviour in the West by Prof Kevin Anderson; Screening and Discussion

Come along to The Lighthouse bookshop (43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DB)  at 7.30pm to watch the lecture by Prof Kevin Anderson and to discuss climate change…

 

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Climate Change and the Need to Change Behaviour in the West by Prof Kevin Anderson; Screening and Discussion

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Why Not an Economy of Recycling? by Amelia Modrak

The facts are there. Only 5% of the total plastic that is being produced is recycled, and a similar trend applies to the glass, metal and paper. The rest goes to its final destination: the landfill or the Ocean; or, speaking from a biological point of view, to the Ecosystem, with all the detrimental consequences attached to it.

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Podcast: George Monbiot; How Did We Get Into This Mess ?

This podcast was recorded on 16th March 2016 at University of Edinburgh,for the Ragged University project by request. With thanks to Elaine and Tarlochan at Wordpower Books, and thanks to Stuart for being welcoming with technical support. Elaine from Wordpower Books, Scotland’s Independent and Radical Bookshop introduces the event they have produced in conjunction with the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

The main lecture is George Monbiot who is launching his latest book – How Did We Get Into This Mess. The Twitter hashtag which was set up was #thismess.

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Podcast: Pete Wilkinson Co-Founder of Greenpeace Talks About His Life

I imagine that nearly everyone has heard of Greenpeace.  It is one of the most famous non-governmental organizations in the world and it is reknowned for activist protests to protect the environment.  I did not genuinely know much about the organisation until the other day a librarian at Edinburgh Central Library told me I should go along to the Edinburgh Reads event as one of the founders of Greenpeace was going to be talking.

Two reasons compelled me to go along.  One – that our librarie are very special places and should be as well used as possible, lest we lose all of them in the cull happening across the country (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jul/12/library-campaigners-1000-closures-2016); the second is that I am concerned about our environment and it is always worth finding out more about how the organisations which occupy your landscape started.

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Podcast: International Waste Management; Crises and Opportunities by David Brown

Here David Brown, Waste Development David Officer for Derbyshire County Council, gives a talk about International waste management; the crises and opportunities which are presented to us.  In an age of neo-magical thinking, the culture which has developed is wasteful – that is, we imagine things both have no cost to the environment, and that our waste just magically disappears when it is out of sight.  This is the major crises of our time as we are discovering in quick and powerful terms that the planets resources (of which the ecosystems which keep us alive are included) are finite.

David talks about his work as an environmental officer and examines how waste is managed across the world helping us to understand the complexities and also dispel some of the myths. There are lots of different perspectives taken around the idea of recycling and preserving the environment, from the idea that it is expensive and wasteful in itself, to it is too late to do anything significant about the issues which have been created, and it is too complicated as a problem for us to deal with. Read more

Podcast: Demian Natakhan Talks About Scepticism And Climate Change

Here Demian talks at Ragged University in this podcast of his talk on climate change and scepticism.  As per usual, some food was shared and music offered up by local musicians…

Demian Natakhan is a renewable energy consultant with a vested interest in knowing the truth about climate change. Scepticism is widespread in many first world countries over whether the basics of climate change science are ‘true’ and whether humans are really causing it.

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Responding to Climate Change Scepticism by Demian Natakhan

After offering to give a talk in Edinburgh’s Ragged University programme,  I have been invited by Ragged to prepare this article on my topic.  The perspective I approach climate change is as engineer asking a simple question: is it a fixable problem?

If we (human society) know which of our activities are causing a problem, then we have means to fix it simply by changing those activities. If the unchecked situation is likely to cause impacts which we really don’t want, then we have ample motivation to make even big changes because that is in our best interests.

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