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Taking Action for Climate Emergency - A Panel Discussion

Wednesday 4 March 2020

18:00 - 19:30

University of Warwick

Warwick has declared a climate emergency along with other universities and local authorities; change is needed and soon. So how does a University make a difference? What does it mean for us as individuals, as students, as teachers, as researchers, as staff and as a community? What are the big steps that are needed as well as the personal actions we can all take? How can policy shape social trends and tackle the major causes of climate damage?

To explore the issues, Warwick’s Climate Emergency group have organised a Question Time debate in Green Week in partnership with the SU involving Extinction Rebellion, leading researchers and staff.

University Council Member Adrian Penfold will chair the panel made up of:

  • Aine Bennett - Student lead, XR
  • Nick Chater - Warwick Business School Professor of Behavioural Science and member of the UK Committee on Climate Change
  • David Elmes - Warwick Business School, Energy, Strategy and International Business Group
  • Milly Last - Student Union Democracy and Development Officer
  • Jessica Savage - Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Sustainable Development
  • Matt Western - Leamington South MP and sustainability campaigner

It will be a great opportunity to debate the issues and contribute to our collective thinking about how we turn away from the growing crisis and take action. There will be opportunity for networking and refreshments at the end.


Unfortunately, we have had to take the decision to postpone this event. Student panel members were no longer able to participate in the event and we feel the panel discussion can only take place as a joint effort. We hope to host a new event in the near future. This delay does not affect our commitment to net-zero targets and we are looking forward to continuing this important conversation.

We’d like to encourage you to take a look at other events happening across campus for Green Week.