CLIMATETALK - POSTPONED

Leading up to COP26, St Mary's Cathedral is sponsoring CLIMATETALK, a series of four compelling talks on climate change!

CLIMATETALK - POSTPONED

About CLIMATETALK - POSTPONED

In November 2020, the City of Glasgow will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which will bring together over 30,000 delegates from around the world to agree on coordinated action to tackle climate change. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted.

St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow takes a leading role convening influential voices on topics affecting our world. Leading up to COP26, the Cathedral is sponsoring a series of four compelling talks on climate change.

Health, Mental Health, and the Climate Crisis

HARRIET INGLE, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Psychology, The Centre for Climate Justice
Wed 29 Apr • 18:00

The climate crisis is already affecting people’s health worldwide, but the mental health impacts of climate change are an area of growing concern. There is scant research evidence thus far, despite the fact that it represents a potentially enormous public health time-bomb. Many individuals around the world are already experiencing climate psychopathologies, with millions more likely to be affected, to varying degrees of severity, in the years to come.

Vulnerable populations are the most at risk of the devastating impacts of climate change, both physically and psychologically. Women, children, and indigenous populations represent just some of the more vulnerable groups, as well as individuals with pre-existing mental health and substance use disorders.

This lecture provides an overview of what is currently understood about the effects of the climate crisis on health—and mental health—through the lens of climate justice. This will be followed by a Climate Café, where informal discussion is encouraged the issues raised in the talk, and anything else climate related.

Harriet Ingle, PhD
Harriet Ingle’s background is in experimental clinical neuropsychology. She completed her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in visual and motor symptoms in rare forms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. She has over 10 years of experience working in clinical research, particularly with patients with life-limiting and terminal diseases. Harriet is currently working in the newly emerging field of climate psychology.

The portfolio of research Harriet is developing at the moment involves investigating the impact of climate change on mental health. She is very interested in how climate change is impacting mental health from an individual and public health perspective; how climate communication impacts mental health; and how to disseminate climate messages in such a way that everyone can connect with them, particularly children and climate change deniers.

Climate Change and International Development

PATRICK GRADY MP
Wed 27 May • 19:30

Climate change presents one of the biggest challenges to overcoming global poverty in the modern world. In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls for urgent action to tackle the climate crisis, saying “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience”. Later this year, Glasgow will host the UN ‘Conference of Parties’ (COP26) Climate Change Summit, making our city the global focus for debate and decision on action to change policies and behaviours. This lecture will look at the opportunities and challenges for governments, and individuals, to build a more sustainable future for people and the planet.

Patrick Grady MP
Patrick Grady is the Member of Parliament for Glasgow North, and Chief Whip of the SNP Westminster Group. Before being elected to the House of Commons in 2015, he was Advocacy Manager for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, having previously worked for a range of charities and NGOs in Scotland, London and Malawi. He maintains an active interest in international development issues as the SNP representative on the Board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malawi.

Climate Change and Sustainability: What’s the NHS got to do with it?

REBECCA CAMPBELL
Specialty Registrar in Public Health, Scottish Managed Sustainable Health Network
Sat 19 Sep • 19:30

Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. Human health is inextricably linked to the health of our planet. With the increasing frequency and unpredictability of extreme weather events, we are likely to see increasing health impacts, but these weather events are also likely to affect NHS services and infrastructure, challenging the ability of the NHS to respond to the increased demand. The NHS is also a large producer of greenhouse gas emissions, consumer of resources and producer of waste and therefore we have a moral obligation to act. What can and should the NHS be doing to play its part in addressing the climate and ecological emergency?

Rebecca Campbell
Rebecca has been a Specialty Registrar in Public Health since 2016 and is currently on attachment with the Scottish Managed Sustainable Health (SMaSH) Network. Previous to this, she worked in Health Improvement for 13 years in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, predominantly in tobacco control. She was Health Improvement Lead (Tobacco) managing all prevention, protection & cessation work across NHS GGC. She was also seconded part time to Scottish Government as National Tobacco Control Co-ordinator for 18 months to work on the development of a new national training programme for tobacco.

Rebecca has a BSc in Biology from the University of St Andrews, a Masters in Public Health from the University of Glasgow and is a Member of the Faculty of Public Health.

Climate Fiction and the Everything Change: How Science Fiction Engages Climate Change

JAIME WRIGHT, PhD
Wed 14 Oct • 19:30

“I don’t even call it climate change, I call it ‘the everything change’.” These words, spoken by author Margaret Atwood in a 2014 interview concerning her MaddAddam trilogy (sometimes referred to as climate fiction), resonate with the sobering comments of the October 2018 IPCC special report that “[r]ealizing 1.5ºC-consistent pathways would require rapid and systemic changes on unprecedented scales”. It seems the current state and trajectory of climate change will indeed necessitate an everything change in one way or another—climate change itself will force an everything change as a result of environmental crisis or humanity will embark on an everything change in a monumental effort to confront or mitigate such crisis.

Climate fiction is the subgenre of science fiction that engages climate change. The genre of science fiction is well suited to investigate humanity’s big questions: Why are we here? Where are we going? What is the nature of reality? What does it mean to be human? In the face of global warming, science fiction writers have explored humanity’s confrontation with catastrophe: the collapse of the biosphere. This lecture examines science fiction’s depictions and explorations of such confrontation.

Jaime Wright, PhD
Jaime Wright recently completed doctoral studies through Edinburgh University, researching the intersection of science, religion, and literature. Her publications include ‘Emily Dickinson: A poet at the limits’ (Theology in Scotland, 2017), ‘In the Beginning: The Role of Myth in Relating Religion, Brain Science, and Mental Well-Being’ (Zygon, 2018), ‘Consuming Westworld: Facilitating the Robotics and AI Discussion through Science Fiction’ (in Theology and Westworld, Lexington Books, forthcoming), and ‘Making Space for the Methodological Mosaic: The Future of the Field of Science and Religion’ (Zygon, forthcoming). Her doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Science-Religion-and-Literature: Literary Approaches to the Field of Science-and-Religion with Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy as a Case Study’ (2019).

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