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Planning for a Resilient Future

Friday 6th March
Ulster University, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED
£5 – £7

World Book Weekend

Saturday 7th March
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission Members Free

Woodland Management

Sunday 8th March
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield


Lough Neagh Conference

Tuesday 10th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Craigavon BT66 6NJ


Climate Change – Our Challenge

Thursday 12th March
Killeavy Castle Hotel and Spa

Be A Saint Day

Friday 13th March
Business in the Community, Paulett Avenue, Belfast BT5 4HD

Evening Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 14th March

WOW Family Wildlife Day

Saturday 14th March
RSPB Belfast’s Window on Wildlife, 100 Airport Road West, Belfast BT3 9ED
£0 – £6.42


St Patrick’s Day at the Giant’s Causewsy

Tuesday 17th March
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Mussenden Lights

Tuesday 17th March
Mussenden Temple
No Charge, donations welcome.

How Technology is Impacting Agriculture

Wednesday 18th March
Ormeau Baths, 18 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HS

Northern Ireland Seabird Report Launch

Wednesday 18th March
Bangor Castle, Castle Park Road, Bangor BT20 4BT

Climate Change Conference

Thursday 19th March
QUB School of Biological Sciences, 1–33 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast BT9 5AJ


Spring Book Fair

Saturday 21st March
The Argory
Normal Admission, Members Free

Tree planting party at Balloo

Saturday 21st March
Balloo Woodland, Balloo Avenue, Bangor BT19 7QZ

Habitat Management

Sunday 22nd March
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor

Sustainability in Hospitality: A Performance Metrics Perspective

Monday 23rd March
Ulster University, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED

Imagine Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics 2020

Monday 23rd March

Responding to Our Planetary Emergency: The Crucial Decade Ahead

Tuesday 24th March
Peter Froggatt Lecture Theatre 02/025, Queen’s University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN

The Smart & Green Building Expo

Tuesday 24th March
Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown

The Climate Strikes and Public Activism: where do we go from here?

Wednesday 25th March
St Mary’s University College Belfast, 191 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6FE

Empowering Change Makers: Plastic Unwrapped

Wednesday 25th March
W5 Belfast

Outdoor Recreation NI Conference 2020

Thursday 26th March
CAFRE Greenmount Campus, Co. Antrim

From Passion to Policy

Thursday 26th March
Crescent Arts Centre Cube Theatre, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH

Good Practice Approaches for a New Decade

Thursday 26th March
CAFRE Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS


Northern Ireland Allotment Social Farm and Community Garden Forum

Saturday 28th March
The Playtrail, Derry / Londonderry

What did you do about it? A family event to discuss the climate crisis

Saturday 28th March
Crescent Arts Centre, 2–4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH


Energy Efficiency in Business

Tuesday 31st March
Isdell Courtyard, Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

SMARTrenew Seminar

Tuesday 31st March
Guildhall, Shipquay Place, Londonderry BT48 6DJ


Responding to Our Planetary Emergency: The Crucial Decade Ahead

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Peter Froggatt Lecture Theatre 02/025, Queen’s University Belfast, University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN

What does the Church of England, the Davos annual meeting of those who ‘run the world’, climate scientists and activists from Greta Thunberg and the school strike for climate movement and Extinction Rebellion are have in common?

When such disparate organisations are all in agreement that there is an urgent need to recognise and respond to our planetary emergency, you know something unusual is happening.

Calling for ‘rapid and far–reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure and industrial systems’, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change notes that the actions required to stay within 1.5°C of warming are unprecedented in terms of scale in the timeframe required. Business as usual is not an option if we wish to avoid catastrophic changes to the natural and human world.

While the UK government and others have committed to be ‘net zero’ by 2050, this is far too late and decarbonsiation needs to be much quicker, by 2030. We need rapid and at scale transformation in all parts of our lives from how and what we eat, create electricity, heat our homes and offices and travel.

But how do we get there? What changes will be needed? How will our lives change? How mobilise and enthuse people? And how do we ensure this is a ‘just transition’?

Drawing on over 30 years as an academic, activist and recovering politician, John Barry will examine these huge issues from his own experience, and link that with insights from psychology, social movement analysis, philosophy and cultural studies as well as best practice and innovation from other parts of the world.

He will also look at the potential of new initiatives such as the recently launched Belfast Climate Commission to offer local solutions to the planetary emergency, as well as proposals for more citizen–based decision–making such as citizens’ assemblies. What if, in the face of the planetary emergency, the greatest challenge humanity has ever face, ‘we are the people we’ve been waiting for?’