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Talking about the weather

Past Event
  • Presented By: Presented by Free Word, in association with Chatham House
  • Thu 10 Jul 2014
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Free Word Centre

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, published in April, warned that human impact on climate was “unequivocal” and that its impacts would be felt across every continent. A month later a report by researchers at NASA and the University of California revealed that the collapse of a large part of Antarctica is now unstoppable. 

Governments agree that action must be taken, but progress has been slow. From the public’s perspective climate change discussions can seem perplexing, and intangible, or descend into scepticism. Sharing insights from the worlds of policy, campaigning and journalism, the panel will explore the need for new narratives in the climate change debate. They will focus on how writers and literature can help spur action and achieve a more sustainable future.


John Ashton, Founding Director, Third Generation Environmentalism; Special Representative for Climate Change, FCO (2006-12)

Xiaolu Guo, Novelist, Filmmaker, Free Word's Writer in Residence for Weather Stations.

Charlie Kronick, Senior Climate Adviser, Greenpeace

Chair: Isabel Hilton, Editor, ChinaDialogue.net

This event has now taken place, but you can listen to it as a podcast in the player below.






Weather Stations is made possible with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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