Environment and Society Forum, 17 February 2011
This event explored the ‘perfect storm’ that may lie ahead, if a combination of food, water and energy shortages were to unleash public unrest and international conflict.
According to UK government Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington, by 2030 a ‘perfect storm’ that combines food, water and energy shortages will unleash public unrest and international conflict
Over 250 delegates attended this day-long seminar. A follow-up event "Navigating the perfect storm: the international challenge of food, water and energy security" was held on 9 February 2012.
The event marked the publication of Food Security and Global Environmental Change (Earthscan, 2010) by the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) project.
Chris Huhne delivers the keynote address
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A full transcript of the keynote speech is available.
Dr Rita Gardner, Director, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Morning Chair: Professor Sir Gordon Conway, Chair in International Development, Imperial College
Professor Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist, Met Office - Climate change context
Professor Andrew Watkinson, Director Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) and University of East Anglia - Research background
Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. A full transcript of the speech is now available.
Professor Nigel Arnell, Director Walker Institute, University of Reading - Water
Dr David Buffin, Centre for Food Policy, City University London - Food
Mike Bradshaw, Professor of Human Geography, University of Leicester - Energy
Afternoon chair: Mike Bradshaw, Professor of Human Geography, University of Leicester
Dr Glyn Davies, Director of Programmes, WWF-UK - The heart of Borneo – land use options
Professor Carys Swanwick, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield - Changes in UK Land Use
Professor Harriet Bulkeley, Chair of Geography, Energy, and Environment at the Department of Geography, and Deputy Director of the Durham Energy Institute, Durham University - Cities and housing
Rob Hopkins, Co-Founder of Transition Towns Totnes and Transition Network
Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer
Professor Mike Bradshaw, University of Leicester [Closing statement]
The post-event was reception sponsored by Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) to mark their publication of Food Security and Global Environmental Change (Earthscan, 2010).
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