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Low carbon lecture takes place in city

Published on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

INTERNATIONALLY-renowned names in climate change science will be among the guest speakers engaging with visitors at Leicester’s fifth annual Low Carbon Lecture next week. 

The event, which puts work to tackle carbon emissions and climate change firmly in the spotlight, will take place at City Hall in Charles Street on Tuesday, November 21, from 5pm.

The guest speaker, Mark Watts, who is a leading light in climate change work and low-carbon technology, will host a talk entitled: “Tackling the Climate Crisis – lessons from the world’s mega cities.”

Mr Watts is one of the world’s most highly-regarded experts in green issues, and is the executive director for the C40 Cities Leadership Group – an organisation connecting 90 of the world’s biggest cities and over 650 million people in its ground-breaking work combating greenhouse gas emissions and other climate risks.

Mr Watts is also a senior associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and has previously worked in consultant roles on climate change and sustainability, working with the Mayor of London and consultancy firm Arup, and is also a member of the Council of the Global Green Growth Institute and a member of the Yale Climate Dialogue.

Visitors to the Low Carbon Lecture will also be able to take part in a question and answer session.

The panel will feature Polly Billington – campaigner, political activist the director of UK100, a network of local government leaders spearheading work to encourage towns and cities across the UK use 100 percent clean energy by 2050. 

City Mayor Peter Soulsby will open the event, which will also include deputy city mayor with responsibility for the environment, Cllr Adam Clarke.

Cllr Clarke said: “The Low Carbon Lecture is a incredible opportunity to meet with and learn from some of the most forward-thinking, dynamic voices in climate change science, right here in Leicester.

“The global issues being discussed really do impact upon everyone, and this event gives us a chance to share ideas with some of leading lights in climate change research.”

Places at the event are limited, and must be reserved by registering at: