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Climate Conversations

This autumn and winter, Glasgow Science Centre is inviting some of the UK's most eminent experts working in climate science to the IMAX theatre.

Climate Conversations

About Climate Conversations

Join us as we strengthen our understanding of the climate emergency and the impacts of changes to society. Dive deep into potential solutions using policy and science and join the discussion by posing your climate questions.

Glasgow Science Centre is proud to host Climate Conversations Live in partnership with the University of Strathclyde Department of Physics, and hosted by author and broadcaster, Sally Magnusson.

9th October - Prof. Tasheen Jafry - About climate justice: What does it mean and what lies ahead?
In July 2023, scorching heatwaves marked a milestone in Europe, while Scotland experienced its hottest June on record. Unprecedented rainfall brought ecological and socioeconomic turmoil to several regions. Yet, the brunt isn't borne equally; those with minor carbon contributions face the frontline of erratic weather extremes.

Despite its proximity, the harsh truth of climate disparities stays concealed. Scotland must step up to embrace and implement a climate justice framework. This dedication is vital to formulate effective strategies against climate inequality, ensuring universal well-being and sustained economic prosperity.

About the speaker:
Professor Tahseen Jafry leads the pioneering Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research interests include the justice and equity aspects of climate change, gender and poverty targeting, the management of natural resources, the geo-political nature of climate justice and the psycho-social impacts of climate change. Tahseen is a qualified engineer and social scientist and has over two decades of research and development experience. She lectures in environmental management, sustainability and climate justice and supervises Masters and doctoral theses.

6th November - Chris Stark - Government policy for climate action
Robust government policy is essential in mitigating climate change and achieving net zero in an already-warming climate.

Chris Stark discusses the work his team do to advise governments on climate science and suitable targets, the challenges of balancing environmental impact with economic growth and what our governments really need to do to make a swift and significant difference.

About the speaker:
Chris Stark is the Chief Executive of the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC). The CCC independently advises the UK and devolved governments in emissions targets and reports to parliament on emission reduction progress, as well as how to prepare for the effects of climate change. Previously Chris was the Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions reduction and the accompanying energy system transition.

27th November - Dr. James Rae - Simple, Serious, Solvable
Dr James Rae gives a whistle-stop tour of the 3 S’s of climate change: the unexpected Simplicity of the science, the Seriousness of the impacts, and - most importantly - the action needed to make this problem Solvable.

Drawing from the climates of the geological past, James maps out the climates of our future.

About the speaker:
Dr James Rae is an Earth Scientist motivated by the major goal of advancing our understanding of the carbon cycle and climate. Much of his work investigates Earth's past climate history using geochemical measurements on archives including sediments, fossils, and ice cores. James works in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews, overseeing a state-of-the-art isotope geochemistry lab. He also teaches classes in geochemistry, oceanography, and climate.

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