VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM PANEL DISCUSSION WITH SIR DAVID KING, SIR MICHAEL MARMOT, DR GAIL BRADBROOK, PROFESSOR KEVIN ANDERSON, PROFESSOR SAM FANKHAUSER AND DR JASON HICKEL

1. Is Extinction Rebellion exaggerating the climate emergency? Sir David King responds

Are we really on track for 3-4˚C warming this century? What would that mean for food supply? How many people would die?  Leading experts including Sir David King, Sir Michael Marmot, Dr Gail Bradbrook, Professor Kevin Anderson, Professor Sam Fankhauser and Dr Jason Hickel respond.

 

2. Government ignores science on pandemics and climate

Sir David King compares the cuts to funding for flood defence to the Government’s failure to act on advice on pandemics. David Rose, journalist for the Spectator and Mail on Sunday, discusses the challenges journalists face in accessing good information from the Government. Dr Gail Bradbrook highlights scientific opinion that on our current trajectory towards 4˚C half the world may die. Sir David King warns that carbon capture and storage can be “a fig-leaf for the fossil fuel industry”.

 

3. Economic policy, Covid-19 and the Climate Crisis

Why a greener, fairer economy must emerge from Covid-19 Sir Michael Marmot explains why austerity was a policy choice which made society worse. Dr Jason Hickel says that the more unequal a society is the more ecological damage it does.

 

4. Austerity, climate policy and inequality

Sir Michael Marmot explains the discriminatory impacts on women of austerity, including on life expectancy, and the importance of gender equality for climate policy

 

5. A Vision for a Better World post Covid-19

The UK’s top scientists and economists, including Professor Sam Fankhauser, Professor Kevin Anderson, Dr Gail Bradbrook, Dr Jason Hickel, Sir Michael Marmot and Sir David King, see hope and opportunity post Covid-19

 

PRESS

Plan B press release

Health experts call for a ‘wellbeing economy’ after pandemic, Plan B reveals (Morning Star)

Tackle climate crisis and poverty with zeal of Covid-19 fight, scientists urge (The Guardian)

Coronavirus: Greener, more equal economy must emerge after impact of Covid-19, experts say (The Independent)