The Corona Crisis and the Climate Emergency: Risks and Possibilities

  • Scott Cato, M. (Participant)
  • Neil Jennings (Participant)
  • Alan Whitehead (Participant)

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic speaking engagements


    The COVID-19 epidemic has both highlighted and accelerated the need to find innovative answers to issues that have been at the forefront of modern politics, in particular the climate emergency. Many are asking whether we can show the same determination to address the climate emergency that we have shown in the face of a policy health emergency. The globalised lockdown had an immediate impact on air pollution and carbon emissions but can we take these improvements into the future? What will the experience of lockdown mean for environmental activism and governmental policy on environment and climate?
    What lessons can we learn from this period to ensure a greener, more sustainable future?

    This event brought together Professor Molly Scott Cato (Professor of Green Economics at the University of Roehampton and former Green MEP for South West England and Gibraltar), Dr Alan Whitehead (Labour MP for Southampton, Test and Shadow Minister for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy) and Dr Neil Jennings (Grantham Institute, Imperial College London) in a discussion about the future of environmental policy and what the pandemic might mean for our planet.

    Estimated audience numbers (if applicable)

    Period25 Sept 2020