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Upcoming event - A Velvet or Violent Climate Revolution: which will we choose?

Free public Seminar from Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: Monday 10th July, 2023 @6pm to BOOLE 1, UCC

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“Nature will not be fooled” by empty rhetoric, subterfuge and unsubstantiated optimism – and nor should we.

The deliberate failure of leaders, whether in politics, business, journalism or indeed much of academia to be honest about the climate emergency has left us facing fundamental questions of every facet of modern society. Central amongst these is the issue of equity – both between and within nations. In this presentation, Kevin Anderson will unpick the policy gulf that exists between the temperature and equity commitments enshrined in the Paris Agreement and the emission trajectory of so called “developed” nations.

He will close by looking beyond techno-optimistic solutions, concluding there are now no non-radical futures. The choice is between immediate and profound social and technical change or waiting a little longer for chaotic and violent social change. In 2023 the window for this choice is rapidly closing.


Kevin is professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and visiting professor at the Universities of Uppsala (Sweden) and Bergen (Norway). Formerly he held the position of Zennström professor (in Uppsala) and was director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (UK). Kevin engages widely with governments, industry and civil society, and remains research active with publications in Climate policy, Nature and Science. He has a decade’s industrial experience in the petrochemical industry, is a chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The presentation will build on the following work:

Twitter: @KevinClimate


This event is hosted by the UCC Environmental Research Institute, An Taisce, Cork City Council, Cork Environmental Forum, Cork Nature Network, Green Spaces for Health, SHEP Earth Aware and Cork Healthy Cities as part of An Taisce's 75th Anniversary Programme.