Climate change has always been an important topic, especially in recent years as scientists warn there is only so much time left to save our planet. Starting this month, the Science Museum Group is hosting a series of free, online Climate Talks throughout 2021, which includes three Manchester Science Festival events, produced by Science and Industry Museum. Audiences can hear from different panel discussions and have the chance to connect with experts, activists and campaigners. The full details of the event series can be found here but below is our pick of the top five talks for your diary. All virtual talks are free, but booking is essential to make sure you don’t miss out.

Earth, but not as we know it: Lovelock's legacy and our future | Sat 13 Feb | 7.30pm | Free

Familiar with James Lovelock? He’s the 101 year old scientist behind the Gaia Hypothosis – a concept that proposes the idea that all organic and inorganic components of Earth evolved simultaneously as a single, self regulating system. It’s an idea that’s been highly controversial and influential in regards to how modern day scientists view issues associated with climate change and biodiversity. During this free, expert-led panel, a collection of industry professionals – fronted by physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster, Dr Helen Czerski, science writer and broadcaster Gaia Vince, climate activist Professor Chris Rapley, CBE, and Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice President of European students Union – delve into Lovelock’s hypothesis and invite you to get involved in the conversation too.

Changing The System: Brian Eno and James Thornton in conversation | Mon 15 Feb | 7.30pm | Free

Music icon and climate change campaigner Brian Eno joins ClientEarth founder and CEO James Thornton during the 2021 Manchester Science Festival to discuss how law changes could assist our battle against global warming. By harnessing the power of the law, we can make important changes in our ongoing climate change fight, and during this eye-opening chat Eno and Thornton aim to take viewers on a tour of the progress made so far. From winning court battles over illegal air pollution, to ensuring future generations have enough fish in our oceans – this is a chance to learn more about an important topic and to find out how you can play a part in its future. Explore more Manchester Science Festival events here.

Is capitalism compatible with environmentalism? | Fri 26 Feb | 7:30pm - 8:45pm | Free

Join broadcaster and guest chair Jon Snow on a virtual panel as he talks with Professors Joanna Haigh FRS and Robert Pollin about the energy sector and how rethinking how we build cities and homes could change our lives. The panel will also question the economic and political obstacles between capitalism and sustainable developments. Further speakers are yet to be announced and this talk is suitable for ages 14 and over.

Climate change: The view from space | Tue 16 Mar | 7:30pm - 8:45pm | Free

This talk is ideal if you’re a fan of all things space and the solar system. Astronauts Helen Sharman OBE and Tim Peake join presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Simonetta Di Pippo and broadcaster Kevin Fong to discuss how travelling to space has allowed us to appreciate our own planet. They will also talk about what we have learned about Earth from visiting other neighbouring planets and how satellites help effectively track the effects of climate change. Suitable for ages 14 and over.

Our future planet: Global greenhouse gas removal | Wed 31 Mar | 7:30pm - 8:45pm | Free

If you’re particularly interested in learning about saving our world, this online discussion explores how reducing CO2 emissions and capturing carbon from the atmosphere could limit the amount of climate change. Audiences can also expect discussions about reforestation and rewilding. Speakers include broadcaster and Infinite Monkey Cage host Robert Ince, activist and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, Dr Emily Shuckburgh from Cambridge University, and Professors Gideon Henderson and Nilay Shah. This talk is suitable for ages 14 and over. Furthers speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Lucy Matthews
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Mon 1 Feb 2021