CLIMATE CONFERENCE SUMMARY – DAY 1, 7 May

CONFERENCE SUMMARY – Day 1

HRTP Chairman, Mike Clink opened the conference proceedings, followed by an introductory speech by conference organiser, Dr Robin Russell-Jones.    Filming of all speakers took place throughout.

THE SCIENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Dr Bob Ward from the Grantham Research Institute spoke about Press Coverage on the topic of Climate Change. 

Coverage is measured across all major papers.  Are they giving the issue a reasonable coverage and are they reporting accurately?  Facts vs opinions is always an issue in climate change articles.

Dr Robin Stott of the Climate and Health Council spoke on Carbon Entitlement and Health.

He recently completed the London Marathon and cycles to his destinations.  How much carbon are we entitled to use and what are we all going to do about it?

Alan Smith reported on The Church’s Response to Climate Change.

The Church of England has been making positive strides in quantifying and creating goals to reduce their energy usage.

Ruth Bond from the Women’s Institute spoke on the topic of Climate Change and Consumer Choices.

She said that the Women’s Institute has recently had several initiatives to reduce waste and explore ways to be more conscientious about the use of out resources.  Membership numbers for the Women’s Institute have been increasing lately.

POPULATION AND HEALTH

Dr Phil Edwards from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine spoke on the way that Obesity can Affect Climate Change. 

Increasing numbers of people across the planet are gaining weight, in all countries across various stages of development and their food requirements will collectively increase.   Exercise is also on the decline compared to previous decades.

Dr David Pencheon from the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, Cambridge, spoke about the Health Effects of Climate Change.

There are many health effects from climate change both that cause climate and that result from the changing world.   Awareness of one’s girth and health status is the first place to begin.  Diabetes is on the increase and so are many other health issues.

Rachel Stancliffe spoke on the topic: “How Many of us are Potential Activists?”.

She said that you can do nothing or you can simply incorporate some responsibility into your daily life and take part in addressing climate change to whatever level you are comfortable.  Moderate your home life a little or go so far as to join a group or even attend conferences as an audience member.

Dr Judith Stephenson from UCL spoke about the effects of Population and Climate Change. 

Even though fertility methods have improved in general the world population is still set to increase over time requiring greater demand on Earth’s resources.

Dr Wallace Heim, Editor of the Ashden Directory, spoke on the topic of Climate Change in relation to the arts.

Artwork in and out of the galleries has recently been influenced by the changes in the planet and media reporting.

The day concluded with a fantastic performance by Maria Jones, Mezza-Soprano who performed some classical pieces and a few popular jazz numbers.

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