Sustainability and the Climate Change Emergency

Location:
The Royal Geographical Society
Starts:
Wednesday 9 October 2019, 18:30
Ends:
Wednesday 9 October 2019, 22:00

Sustainability and the Climate Change Emergency

Using public data to raise awareness, frame debate and create solutions in the pursuit of global environmental sustainability

Why are we discussing this now?

The climate change and sustainability emergencies have burst into public consciousness thanks to Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion, David Attenborough and other high-profile activists. But how can those of us involved in addressing climate change leverage this heightened interest? And although the Paris Goals set a target to peg temperature increases between 1.5 – 2C, there are conflicting theories about the most achievable pathway to this goal and the timeframe required. How can we select between these alternatives?

Why is data so important?

Relevant and accurate data will be key. It can help us define the challenges we face, raise awareness and spark action, create and validate solutions and measure progress (or lack of progress). Valtech and Ofgem are working together to bring more high-quality energy data into the public sphere. To discuss ways of doing this and how best to use the data available, we are bringing together subject specialists of many different kinds to share their views – starting with how data can be used to assist in scaling sustainable developments in Water, Fish and Energy. And we want you to bring your knowledge and insights to the conversation.

Event Agenda

18:30 – 19:00 – Event registration

19:00 – 20:30 – Opening remarks

Keynote speech: data collection in extreme locations.

Paul Rose, explorer, describes his recent experiences in the Russian Arctic whilst filming for National Geographic

Roundtable discussion: best practice in climate change data use.

Participants will include Sophie Adams (Service Owner, Ofgem), Jo Judge (CEO, National Biodiversity Network), Nick Underdown (Head of Communications and Campaigns, Open Seas) and Chris Jarvis (Data Sharing and Access Manager, Environment Agency).

Speech: maintaining data in the public domain.

Nick Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director, Save the Waves, discusses the international challenges involved in sharing public data and suggests solutions

Closing remarks

20:30 – 21:00 – Questions & Answers

21:00 – 22:00 – Networking & drinks reception

Join us

This event will be the first of four, all focusing on how data available in the public domain can help us address the climate change emergency.

Book by 29 September on Eventbrite 

Free to attend.

Location
The Royal Geographical Society

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