As we navigate a critical juncture in climate warming, we are revisiting Greta Thunberg’s The Climate Book, one year on from publication. Bringing together key contributors to the book, we will be assessing the political, social and technological imperatives required to mitigate the worst and optimise the best of prevailing climate trends and recognise how they are changing all our futures. It is their hope and ours that the book will help empower its readers to make the right choices in the coming months – to listen to the science, and act accordingly.
Joining the discussion is Farhana Yamin, a renowned lawyer and climate justice advocate, whose sharp insights will underscore the pressing need for swift and decisive climate action against the backdrop of 2024’s political crossroads. Kevin Anderson, a zero emissions expert from Manchester and Uppsala Universities, will unravel the compelling narrative behind why academics must courageously share unfiltered truths about climate change. And Nina Schrank, Head of Plastics at Greenpeace and a contributor to The Climate Book, will guide us through the imperative to ‘turn off the tap’ on plastics, as outlined in the book.
In this pivotal year, our panel will delve into critical questions: What must unfold in 2024 to divert us from a dire future? What initiatives are our speakers championing that will make a key difference in this crucial timeframe?
Kevin Anderson is professor of Energy and Climate Change at the Universities of Manchester (UK), Uppsala (Sweden) and Bergen (Norway). Formerly director of the Tyndall Centre, he engages widely with governments and remains research active with publications in Climate policy, Nature and Science. Kevin has a decade’s industrial experience in the petrochemical industry, is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Farhana Yamin is an internationally recognized environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert. She has advised leaders and ministers on climate negotiations for 30 years, representing small islands and developing countries and attending nearly every major climate summit since 1991. In addition to founding Track 0, she is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, a Senior Advisor to SYSTEMIQ and an FRSA. She was voted Number 2 on the 2020 BBC’s Power List with the judges describing her a “powerhouse of climate justice” and is active in numerous community-based social initiatives in Camden. From 2013- 2018, she was an Advisor to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and has been Deputy Chair of the Expert Group of Advisors to the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a coalition of 48 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, that played a key role in the 2015 Paris Agreement negotiations. She is widely credited with getting the goal of net-zero emissions by mid-century into the Paris Agreement through strategic communications and behind the scenes coalition-building. She has worked in private philanthropy as well as published numerous books and articles on the climate change law & social justice.
Nina Schrank currently serves as the Head of Plastics at Greenpeace UK. Schrank has been involved in various campaigns and initiatives aimed at reducing plastic waste and promoting sustainable alternatives. She has written articles for Greenpeace International and Greenpeace UK, discussing the safety of reusable items during the COVID-19 pandemic and the harmful effects of plastic on the environment. Additionally, she has been on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise as an oceans campaigner. Schrank’s work is driven by a commitment to environmental sustainability and a desire to combat the global crisis of plastic pollution. Her efforts contribute to Greenpeace’s broader mission of promoting peace, protecting the planet, and supporting sustainable practices worldwide.
Lucy Stone is the founder of Climate Spring, the global organisation funding and supporting scripted and unscripted storytelling that changed the way society sees the climate crisis. Climate Spring works with all stakeholders in the industry as a funder, advisor, convenor and facilitator. Lucy is a leading narrative change expert and climate innovator having set up many successful organisations and initiatives. Lucy has been a leader in philanthropy, in social enterprise, advising UN organisations and governments.