Course: Zero Carbon Britain: Live Online

Centre for Alternative Technology

16th - 17th November 2020 [email protected] 01654 704966 Short Courses Team

Cost: £75

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, environmental policy & campaigning

New online Zero Carbon Britain course exploring climate solutions – the science says we must, the technology says we can, time to say we will! 

Working with a range of local Councils, we have developed a two day, interactive, online course exploring the radical changes needed to rise to the climate challenge. If you are an active citizen or part of a council, institution or business this course will help you to turn your climate emergency declaration into practical action. Connect with a network of others working and studying in the field and explore CAT's flagship research project Zero Carbon Britain in depth. 

Key Information

  • Duration: various sessions over two days
  • Upcoming dates: Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 November 2020
  • Start and finish times: Day 1 - 09:30 (meeting open from 09:15) to 17:00; Day 2 - 09:30 to 17:00 + an optional panel discussion from 5.00 to 5.30pm
  • Includes: tuition, question and answer sessions, online course material

Course content

CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project offers the hard data and confidence required for visualising a future where we have risen to the demands of climate science. It helps to reduce fear and misunderstandings and open new, positive, solutions-focused conversations

During this two day course you will explore all aspects of climate solutions and scenarios presented in the research. Live lectures will cover a range of topics from renewable energy and energy efficiency to diets and land-use, looking at how these can work together to help us build a zero carbon future. Online workshops will enable discussion and debate among participants on catalysing action across all areas of society.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • How we can provide a reliable energy supply for the UK with 100% renewable energy sources and flexible carbon neutral back up – without fossil fuels, nuclear power, or gambling on the promise of future technology.
  • How we can grow the vast majority of the food we need for a healthy, low carbon diet, and manage our land to capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and increase the health and resilience of our ecosystems.
  • How we can deliver a modern lifestyle, create employment, improve our wellbeing, and ensure that the future we leave for our children and generations to come is safe and sustainable.
  • Understanding key barriers to change, and how we can overcome them – offering a range of other benefits in the process.
  • How research can be used to support councils in developing climate emergency action plans.

Tutor Profile

Paul Allen is Knowledge and Outreach Coordinator for Zero Carbon Britain. He has been a member of the Wales Science Advisory Council (2010), board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy (2008) and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales (2007). He holds an Honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and has been at CAT since 1988.

Andrew Simms is an author, political economist and campaigner. He is co-director of the NewWeather Institute, coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, assistant director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a research associate at the University of Sussex, and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation where he was policy director for many years. His books include Cancel the Apocalypse, Ecological Debt, and recently Economics: A Crash Course. He tweets from @AndrewSimms_uk

Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition movement, presenter of the podcast From What If to What Next and author of several books, most recently From What Is to What If. He is also a gardener, in-demand public speaker and founder of a 100% community-owned brewery. He tweets from @robintransition

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