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Alternative Conference for the Rio Summit


Thanks to everyone who made this such a great success!

The Alternative Conference for the Rio Summit (16th-17th June) was a great success - with hundreds of people attending - on both days. We were lucky to have a broad range of fantastic speakers to share a multiplicity of fascinating insights into the environmental crisis that will be the focus of attention for world governments in Rio de Janeiro this week (20th-22nd).

The Conference was Organised by the Campaign against Climate Change with the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Department for Development Studies.

       

Conference-goers were able relax and network in the Students Union bar of the the Institute of Education (IOE) while workshops and panel-sessions took place there, at  SOAS and on the Sunday at nearby Birbeck college - with the main plenary taking place at University College London (UCL). Session recordings now available.

There was a broad range of talent amongst the 60+ speakers.

For full speaker bio's click here. (See also the timetable below.)

Click here to watch to a recording of the Conference Main Plenary featuring John Lanchberry (RSPB), Phil Thornhill (CCC), Deborah Doane (WDM), Jean Lambert (Green MEP), Steven Tindale (ex-director Greenpeace UK), George Barda (Occupy London), John McDonnell (Labour MP) and Danny Chivers.

Click here to listen to a recording of the session 'Rio+20, a landmark in the fight against eco-crisis or just a lot of hot air?', featuring speakers Neva Frecheville (WWF), Bart Dhondt (Belgium Young Greens) and Harold Heubaum (SOAS).

Click here to listen to a recording of the session 'The Desertec concept: clean power from deserts', featuring Hywel Roberts (Desertec-UK).

Click here to listen to a recording of the session 'Climate Emergency: where the science is now', featuring David Wasdell (Meridian Project), and click here for the recording featuring Peter Challenor (University of Southampton).

Click here to watch a recording of the session 'Gender and Climate Change', featuring Natalie Bennett (Green Party).

Click here to listen to a recording of the session 'Bio-energy: The next Great Mistake in the fight against Climate Change', featuring Clare Coffey (Action Aid).

Click here to listen to a recording of the session 'Economy: Green growth alone is not enough, we need de-growth', featuring Juliet Michaelson (New Economics Insitute) and Mayer Hillman.

Click here to listen to a recording of the session 'Oceans', featuring Peter Challenor (University of Southampton) & Elisabeth Whitebread (Green Party).

Click here to listen to a recording of the session 'Tar Sands: Can we shut down the World's most Destrutive Industry and avoid Climate Chaos?', featuring Emily Coats (UK Tar Sands Network).

You can also find the sound recordings on our youtube channel.

More links to the sound and video recordings of sessions that we have will be posted shortly.

 


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Rio to Rio: 20 wasted years?

Between 1992 and 2012:
The global surface temperature has risen by 0.38C.
The Arctic sea ice has decreased by 2.94 million square kilometres
The CO2 in the atmosphere has risen by 35.19 PPM.
30 661 900 hectares of Brazilian forest have been lost.
More than 431,215.08 million tonnes of CO2 have been emitted.
The amount of CO2 emitted per year has risen from 21,421.45 to 30,398.42 million tonnes.

Timetable:

Saturday
9.00 - 10.00 Registration, Coffee
10.00 Conference opens: intro at Institute of Education Students' Union
10.30 Session 1
12.00 Plenary in UCL
1.45 Lunch
2.45 Session 2
4.15 Session 3
5.30 End of sessions
Ongoing discussions, drinks, music in IOE SU bar.

Sunday
11.00-12.00 Registration, coffee, stalls
12.30 Session 4
1.45 Lunch
2.30 Session 5
4.00 Session 6
5.30 People's Assembly
6.30 Ends.
Ongoing discussions, drinks, music in IOE bar.

Provisional Session list

SATURDAY

SESSION 1: 10.30-11.45

KLT

SOAS

Food Security: How can we stop a Tragedy Unfolding?

Deborah Doane ((World Development Movement), Vicky Hird (Friends of the Earth), John McLaverty (GROW Campaign, Oxfam)

B102

SOAS

Putting an End to Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Emma Biermann (350.org), Danny Chivers

B104

SOAS

Geo-Engineering – an Insurance Policy for Earth

Andrew Lockley, Tim Kruger (Oxford Geoengineering Programl)

B111

SOAS

Climate Change, Technology and the Luddites’ 200th Anniversary

Dave King (Luddites at 200).

Main Area

IOE

Turning the Tide against Deforestation and Biodiversity Loss

John Lanchbery (RSPB), Neva Frecheville (WWF), Derek Wall (Green Party/Green Left),

S13

IOE

Oceans

Peter Challenor  (National Oceanography Centre), Elizabeth Whitebread, (Global Ocean Legacy)

 

MAINPLENARY: 12.00 – 1.45

Rioto Rio: 20 Wasted Years?

Speakers:

Introduction by John Lanchberry, RSPB and Phil Thornhill, National Coordinator, Campaign against Climate Change

John McDonnell MP

Jean Lambert MEP

Deborah Doane, Director World Development Movement

George Barda, Occupy London

Stephen Tindale, ex-Director Greenpeace UK

Miriam Kennet, Co-Founder and CEO Green Economics Institute


SESSION 2: 2.45 – 4.00

KLT

SOAS

Green Energy versus ‘Extreme Energy’ - Winning the Battle

Oliver Tickell (author Kyoto 2)l, Tobi Kellner (Centre for Alternative Technology), Tisha Brown (London Frack Off))

B102

SOAS

Generational Justice

Terry Reintke (co-spokesperson FYEG- Federation Young Euro- Greens), Bart Dhondt (Belgium & Global Young Greens), Matt Williams (UKYCC), Adam Ramsay (People and Planet),

B104

SOAS

Bio-Energy: the next Great Mistake in the Fight against Climate Change?

Deepak Rughani (Biofuelwatch) Clare Coffey (Action Aid )

B111

SOAS

Thriving and surviving in the face of environmental change: migration, climate change and human rights

Hannah Smith (COIN & Refugee & Migrant Climate Forum),

Main Area

IOE

Can London lead the way in the Fight to Save the World from Ecological Meltdown?

Ken Livingstone (Labour Party), Murad Qureshi (GLA, Labour  & Bangladeshi community), Darren Johnson AM (Green Party)

S13

IOE

Climate Emergency: Where the Science is Now

David Wasdell (Meridian Project), Peter Challenor  (National Oceanography Centre University of Southampton)

                                                                                  

                                                                                   SESSION 3: 4.15 – 5.30

KLT

SOAS

Economy: Green Growth alone is not enough, we need De-Growth

David Powell (Friends of the Earth), Juliet Michaelson  (New Economics Foundation), Mayer Hillman, Policy Studies Institute

B102

SOAS

One Million Climate Jobs Now!

Chris Baugh (assistant General Sec Public  & Commercial Services Union), Suzanne Jeffrey (CCC Trade Union Group), Geoff Archer (UKYCC), Graham Petersen (University and College Union)

B104

SOAS

Building for a Stable Climate

Fergus Nichol, Taus Larsen (Architects for Humanity/BREAM), Susan Roaf (Heriot Watt University)

B111

SOAS

Arctic Methane Emergency

John Nissen (Arctic Methane Emergency Group), Prof Peter Wadhams ( Polar Oceans Physics Group University of Cambridge), Emily Lewis-Brown

Main Area

IOE

Rio+20: A Landmark in the Fight against Eco-Crisis or just a lot of Hot Air?

Neva Frecheville (WWF), Bart Dhondt (Belgium & Global Young Greens), Harald Heubaum (CISD, CEPES, SOAS), Aziz Gueye

S13

IOE

Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Tobi Kellner (Centre for Alternative Technology)


 

SUNDAY

SESSION 4  12:30 – 1:45

Main Area

IOE

Inequity is not only bad for Society but also a Barrier to Dealing with the Ecological Crisis?

Peter Coville (Occupy London), Karen Bell ( School for Policy Studies, Bristol University), Laura Gyte (Friends of the Earth)

S16

IOE

Tar Sands: can we shut down the world’s most destructive industry and avoid climate chaos?

Emily Coats ( UK Tar Sands Network)

S13

IOE

Women and Climate Change

Terry Reintke (co-spokesperson FYEG) Nathalie Bennett (Green Party)

MAL415

Birkbeck

 

Population matters?

John Guillebaud (University College London), Mike Freedman (Population Matters), Danny Chivers,

 

SESSION 5  2:30 – 3:45

Main Area

IOE

Renewing Political Commitment to win the Global Battle against Eco-Calamity: A lost cause or is there a way forward?

Dan Plesch (Director, Department of International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS), Dr Rupert Read, (University of East Anglia), Ichin Cheng (Sustainable Innovation Lab),

S13

IOE

Climate Justice: “We will not achieve environmental justice without a fundamental shift in values”

Muzammal Hussain (Wisdom in Nature), Tony  Emerson, Christian Ecology Link, ),

S16

IOE

Change will only come from below: Action at the Local Level

Will Cottrell (Brighton Ecology Co-op), Chris Church (Low Carbon Communites), Simon Kenton (Community Action Groups project)

MAL415

Birkbeck

Law: New Frameworks and Concepts for a New Era of Environmental Progress and Justice

Melanie Strickland (Wild Law, Occupy), Ian Mason (Wild Law), Polly Higgins, (Eradicating Ecocide)



SESSION 6   4:00 – 5:15

Main Area

IOE

Fracking: Building the Resistance

Keith Taylor MEP (Green Party), Vanessa Vine (Frack Free Sussex), Andy Chyba (The Vale Says No) Tisha Brown (London Frack Off))

S13

IOE

The Desertec Concept: Clean Power from Deserts

Hywel Roberts (TREC-power from the deserts)

S16

IOE

The Horseless Carriage Strikes Back… at 80mph with acres of new tarmac

Daniel Scharf (Greenspeed), Sian Berry (Campaign for Better Transport), Stephen Plowden

MAL415

Birkbeck

Fighting the Climatic Impacts of Aviation: the US, Germany and the UK

John Stewart (chair Airport Watch, HACAN etc) , Debi Wagner (US Citizens Aviation Watch via skype) Florian Sperk (Bund Naturschutz via Skype)

 >>> Full Speaker Bios see here

 

 
 

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