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Can looking at climate change differently help us to solve this existential threat?

Researchers in astronomy, economics and philosophy will offer new perspectives on tackling the climate crisis at this Birkbeck and City of London event.

A picture of an off-shore wind farm.

New research from Birkbeck, University of London will be presented at the City of London and Birkbeck Roundtable Event on Climate, Sustainability and Resources on Wednesday 21 September 2022.

Through philosophy, astronomy and economics, researchers will show the multidimensional aspects of climate change and how new thinking is required to solve the grand challenges we face.

Dr Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij, Chair of Philosophy at Birkbeck will demonstrate through his decision model how critical decisions are often made with the right intentions leading to the wrong outcomes.

Investors such as Elon Musk are seeking to colonise space to save Earth. The concept of a ‘Plan B’ and whether lunar resources can provide any answers will be discussed by Professor Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology.

Could a 4-day week help the UK simultaneously address low productivity and our energy crisis? Dr Pedro Gomes, Reader in Economics will outline why and how this can be achieved.

The Roundtable is the third in a series co-hosted by Birkbeck and the Aldermen of the City of London.

Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli said: “On climate change, the phrase ‘we are all in this together’ is overused, but achingly true.  Also true is that we need multidimensional thinking to get to shared solutions, which is why I’m delighted that Birkbeck and the City of London community, led by Livery Climate Action Group, the World Traders, and Gresham College, have embarked on joint programme of intellectual events.  This third event in the series moves everyone just that bit further to ‘we are solving this together’.”

Professor David Latchman, Vice-Chancellor of Birkbeck, said: “Birkbeck likes to bring a different view to seemingly intractable problems.  By co-hosting these Round Tables with the City of London, with whom we have a long history, we can share our latest research and invite new conversations with the aim of finding solutions together.”

The Roundtable will take place on Wednesday 21 September, 5-6.30pm at Birkbeck’s new teaching and learning centre, 373 Euston Road. It is free to attend but booking is essential. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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