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Single–Use Plastic Products Policy Development and Learnings from Life Cycle Assessment

Tuesday 6th October
Online
Free

Saving and Generating Energy – the Co–operative Way

Tuesday 6th October
Online
Free

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TEDxStormont COUNTDOWN

Saturday 10th October
Online

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Autumn Nature Immersion – 6 Week Online Course

Monday 12th October
Online
£65.27

Climate injustice: transforming many small actions into a collective response

Tuesday 13th October
Online
Free

Maximising Opportunities for Outdoor Learning

Wednesday 14th October
Online

Soil to Catchment Management of Agricultural Nutrients

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

Planning for Involving Volunteers at Events – How are things going in light of Covid–19?

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

Standardising environmental and social impact in land–use investment

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

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Single–Use Plastic Products Policy Development and Learnings from Life Cycle Assessment Part 2

Tuesday 20th October
Online
Free

SKILLS MATCH WEBINAR | Communication Tools for Effective Leadership & Project Management

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Community Energy: Its role in the future of NI’s energy system.

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Impacts of the environment, nutrient loading and other human pressures on life in rivers and lakes

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Priorities for NI infrastructure – economic recovery post COVID–19, funding and delivery, and the role of City and Growth Deals

Wednesday 21st October
Online
See website for details

Understanding Fuel Poverty and the implications for Health and Wellbeing

Thursday 22nd October
Online
Free

EEA COVID Debate No: 4 – COVID–19 and Nature –– The Planetary Boundaries

Thursday 22nd October
Facebook Live
Free

UK higher education and net zero – the curriculum, collaboration, and sustainable estates and practices

Thursday 22nd October
Online
See website for details

Changing the Focus – wildlife recording during lockdown

Friday 23rd October
Online
Free

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Reducing Carbon Usage Online Talk: XRNI with Jim Woods

Sunday 25th October
Online
Free

Halloween at Clifton Street Cemetery

Monday 26th October
Clifton Street Cemetery
£8

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Where the land meets the sea – a holistic approach towards the sustainable management of the marine environment and natural resources

Wednesday 28th October
Online
Free

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Modernising and Decarbonising Energy in the UK Forum

Friday 30th October
Online
Private Sector £292.50 +VAT Central Government £247.50 +VAT Local Government £225.00 +VAT Emergency Services/NHS £225.00 +VAT Higher Education £225.00 +VAT Voluntary Sector/Not for Profit £225.00 +VAT Concessionary Rate

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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?’