Campaign to Protect Rural England - Climate Change Lecture and Listening Event

By Stephanie Lynch on 29.01.18

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) as Britain’s first environmental charity, has campaigned hard for rural protections, perhaps most notably in the creation of National Parks and Green Belts, which have helped millions have easy access to nature.


Today, good urban planning and prevention of unnecessary sprawl, are as important as ever, but there are other threats to the environment that cannot be ignored and none are as potentially devastating as climate change.


The COP21 Paris Agreement's target of preventing the global temperature increase beyond 1.5oC is often highlighted in the media when talking about climate change, but there is few opportunities to hear about the up to date research. Therefore CPRE North West was pleased to welcome the Tyndall Centre, the leading organisation in the UK on climate change research to share their work at a public event held at Friends Meeting House. The Tyndall Centre combines engineering, scientific and economic evidence and research to look at what the outcomes of climate change are likely to be and how we should respond to them.


The lecture was delivered by Kevin Anderson, who is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester. He has engaged across all tiers of government, advising the Prime Minister's office and contributed to the development of the UK's Climate Change Act 2008. He has a decade of industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He sits as commissioner on the Welsh Government's Climate Change Commission and is a Director of Greenstone Carbon Management. 


It came as no surpirse that he called for urgent prioritisation by all in our global society for real action and change to adhere to carbon budgets associated with the Paris Agreement, 2015 and international commitments on climate change that will hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. But warned that due to inaction efforts to limit the temperature increase was in danger of failing and that this will lead to catastrophic impacts both home and abroad. This frightening scenario still appears to be far from many people's minds yet one that could come sooner than what many first predicted. 


He talked about reducing carbon emissions to stop heating the atmosphere, and the role of people, households, investors, businesses, and crucially the need for more action by central Government to honour our national commitments. He also focused on the role of City Region Mayors and Combined Authorities in driving development that harnesses best available technology. The presentation Kevin spoke to is available for download below. 


Also in attendance was Louise Marix Evans of Quantum Strategy and Technology Ltd. She ran a 'listening' session to provide material that will be fed into the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Green Summit in March. More and better integrated transport, local farm food networks, energy and waste demand reduction, investment in the renewable sector, reuse of brownfield to avoid further incursions into natural environments, and harnessing of low carbon technologies in new development were identified as key issues. For further information on tbe feedback see here.


You can contribute your thoughts and suggestions to the Mayor's Green Summit also:


 Kevin Anderson's lecture is available to download below.