In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of man-made climate change, how do we take action to significantly reduce our impact on the world? The challenge can seem too big, too daunting, and while knowledge and understanding are important, just as important is a belief that we can change things for the better. The Festival of Debate Our Planet Hub Day explores many related topics through a range of short concurrent sessions, before coming together for a concluding performance by pianist and climate activist Lola Perrin, featuring guest speaker Asad Rehman (War on Want).
There'll be stalls throughout the day from Sheffield Climate Alliance, Sheffield Against Fracking, Friends of the Earth and more.
11:30am-1pm – Turning Earth: Vegan Breakfast Club
Delicious hot and cold breakfast/lunch to fuel a day of discussion and activism. Suggested donation £10, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
1:30-2:15pm – Zero Waste Lifestyle
A workshop on simple steps towards eco living and shopping. Hosted by The Bare Alternative.
1:30-2:15pm – What the Actual Frack?
How do you beat a government hell-bent on fracking? Talk and discussion with Frack Free South Yorkshire founder and science teacher David Burley.
1:30-2:15pm – Our Arctic: Amplification of Climate Change
Adrian Dye presents his research of rapidly retreating Arctic glaciers and the overall state of the Arctic, from declining reindeer herds to melting ice and breakdowns of the polar vortex.
2:30-3:15pm – Are Attenborough-style Documentaries Stopping Short of the Truth?
Is it acceptable to paint a false picture of natural ecosystems for the sake of viewership, entertainment and ‘impartiality’? Join us at this interactive seminar where we discuss these issues.
2:30-3:15pm – So You Want to Take Action on Climate Change?
By supporting you to reflect on what matters most to you, this workshop will help you discover how to play your unique part in the growing movement to combat climate change.
2:30-3:15pm – A Plastic Ocean
A screening of award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean, followed by discussion on immediate solutions with Sheffield Friends of the Earth.
3:30-4:45pm – How to Be Hopeful About Climate Change
Drawing on different expert perspectives to show that progress can and is being made on reducing carbon emissions and that there is hope that we can rise to this challenge if we all take part.
3:30-4:45pm – A Sustainable Energy Policy for Yorkshire
Exploring a pioneering local hydropower scheme and presenting a Green Manifesto for Yorkshire for future low-carbon energy schemes.
The daytime event will be followed by a music and audience dialogue session in the evening with Climate Keys featuring specially-composed piano pieces performed by Lola Perrin in collaboration with guest speaker Asad Rehman from War on Want (from 8pm – book tickets separately).