Expert to address climate change at low carbon lecture

Published on 05 November 2015

A LEADING climate change scientist will be the guest speaker at a major event taking place in Leicester this month.

The third annual Low Carbon Lecture takes place on Thursday, November 19, and is designed both to raise awareness of environmental issues and examine current work to tackle climate change.

The lecture will be delivered by guest speaker Professor Paul Ekins OBE, the director and professor of resources and environmental policy at the Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London.

Professor Ekins’ talk is entitled ‘Avoiding dangerous climate change: policy, behaviour and innovation.’ It will focus on what governments, businesses and members of the public need to do to avoid the worst effects of climate change, as well as considering how much these changes will cost.

The Low Carbon Lecture is run by Leicester City Council, and takes place at City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, with a reception from 5.15pm and the lecture itself starting at 6pm.

The event is open to the public and free to attend, but places must be booked in advance by registering at:

The event comes ahead of a two-week United Nations conference on climate change which is due to take place in Paris from November 30 to December 11.

It will also see the launch of Leicester City Council’s Sustainability Action Plan consultation, which sets out the city’s proposals to address sustainability and climate change until 2019.

Leicester assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “With the Paris conference just weeks away, this talk will explore what actions policy makers need to take to tackle the worst effects of climate change.

“We will also be using this lecture to launch our consultation as we develop the Leicester Sustainability Action Plan, which will set out our priorities over the next four years.

“Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be asking people for their views. In addition to seeking the views of individuals, it’s vital that the action plan also considers and reflects the views of industry and commerce as well as community, public and voluntary sectors.

“The Low Carbon Lecture and the action plan consultation are just two of several initiatives taking place in the city in the lead up to the Paris talks.”