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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2 Millenium Plain
Norwich, NR2 1TF United Kingdom
Climate change

What is the reality of climate change that is facing us? How likely is it that we will limit warming to 1.5, or 2 degrees? What measures do we have to take to secure a just and sustainable future? Register now and join us at our conference in Norwich!


With the consequences of climate change being more and more perceptible, also in European countries, through extreme weather events, verifiable research is urgently needed to set targets and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the amount required to secure a livable environment.

What would those reductions mean in practical terms, for instance for our economies? Can we create jobs in rural areas across Europe and not only secure a safe but also a just, economically sound life for all?

GEF’s transnational project “Strengthening Climate Targets, Creating Local Climate Jobs” explores those questions and aims to explore the potential to create more climate jobs in three EU countries with diverse history and economic prerequisites: United Kingdom, Ireland and Hungary.

About the event

Our upcoming one-day conference, organised with the support of Green House Think Tank, will consider these questions, as well as what we can learn from past extreme weather events in Europe for how we might cope in the future. It will be one stepping stone towards our upcoming research publication on the potential of local jobs creation in the three mentioned countries and will serve as an opportunity to discuss first findings for the United Kingdom more in-depth.


9:30 -10:00 REGISTRATION

10:00 -10:10 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS – Rupert Read

10:10 – 11:30 FACING UP TO CLIMATE REALITY – chaired by Catherine Rowett, with Brian Heatley and Asher Minns

11:30 -11:45 BREAK

11:45 – 13:00 CLIMATE JOBS – chaired by Anne Chapman, with Jonathan Essex and Peter Sims

13:45 – 14:45 FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL ECONOMIES – chaired by Rupert Read, with Simon Fairlie and Helen Baczkovska

14:45 – 15:00 BREAK

15:00 – 15:30 DEALING WITH EXTREME WEATHER – chaired by Rupert Read, with Anne Chapman

15:30 – 16:00 FINAL DISCUSSION

Speaker Biographies

Rupert Read is chair of Green House think tank and Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.
Catherine Rowett is professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia.  She was the Green Party parliamentary candidate for South Norfolk in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.
Brian Heatley is a founder member of Green House think tank.  He is a former senior civil servant and former policy co-ordinator for the Green Party.
Asher Minns is executive director of the Tyndall Centre at the University of East Anglia.  He is a science communicator who specialises in knowledge transfer of climate change research to audiences that are outside of academia.
Jonathan Essex is a member of Green House and an associate of Bioregional where he advises on new project development and policy.  He previously worked for bioregional on sustainable construction and material reuse.  He is a Green Party district and county councillor for Redhill, Surrey.  He has led the work done by Green House on ‘Climate Jobs’.
Peter Sims is an Electronic Engineer who specialises in systems engineering and in particular the overlap and interfaces between human and non-human systems.  He has carried out the modelling to estimate the number of jobs that could be created by the transition to a low carbon economy in Green House’s work on ‘Climate Jobs’.
Simon Fairlie is one of the editors of The Land, an occasional magazine about land rights, and author of Meat, a Benign Extravagance (Permanent Publications, 2010).  He runs Chapter 7, which provides planning advice to smallholders and other low income people in the countryside. He has also had much practical experience of small scale farming in the UK and France.
Helen Baczkovska is an ecologist and writer based in rural Norfolk.  She works as a conservation officer at Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Anne Chapman is a member of Green House think tank.  In 2017 she organised a conference in Lancaster (where she lives) on dealing with extreme weather.


Stay tuned for updates on the programme here and via our Twitter and Facebook channels.

The conference is free of charge but secure your place now by registering via this link. For further information, get in touch with info@greenhousethinktank.org.

2 Millenium Plain
Norwich, NR2 1TF United Kingdom

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