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COP26 Forum events and activities


 

From now until 12 November, we are hosting an exciting programme of events on campus and online to coincide with the all-important COP26 talks in Glasgow.  

You can hear from world experts on the science of COP26 (Weds 10 November, Shilling Auditorium, 2pm), join in discussions about writing in this time of climate emergency (Weds 3 November, 11am) and think about how to make what we eat more sustainable for the future (Tues 9 November, Shilling Lecture Theatre, 5pm – with olive oil and chocolate tasting!). On campus, you can explore the arboretum and grounds with a range of Eco Walks, try out delicious meat-free street food on Thurs 11 November around the Boilerhouse, take a tour of the renewable energy sources on the Shilling Building roof (Thurs 11 November, lunchtime). Online, there are panel discussions on health (Tues 2 November, 5pm), film and migration (Weds 3 November, 4pm), and an opportunity to chat with podcaster and author Tom Heap, of 39 Ways to Save the Planet (Thurs 4 November, 6.30pm).  

Check out more details below and follow links to book.  Get inspired, get informed, and see how you can take action too.  

Tuesday 26 October

Extinction Rebellion Society COP26 Panel Discussion (Tuesday 26 October, 6-8pm)

Date and time: Tuesday 26 October, 6-8pm

Location: Online event. Register your attendance here.

A panel discussion to address the question: 'What needs to happen at COP26 for it to be a success?'

Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 October

Eco walk around Royal Holloway campus (Weekends of 30-31 October, 6-7 November and 13-14 November)

Date and time: Weekends of 30-31 October, 6-7 November and 13-14 November

Location: Meeting point on campus to be advised by organiser. 

This eco walk around the Arboretum and other parts of the Royal Holloway campus will take place at weekends during COP26, and explore questions of environmental history, intervention and responsibility.

Please email the organiser, Liz Schafer, on E.Schafer@rhul.ac.uk to express interest and find out further details.

The walk days and times will be finalised to coincide with the most favourable weather conditions and may be subject to change or cancellation. Each walk is limited to 10 participants. Please make sure to check that your walk is going ahead before journeying to the Royal Holloway campus. 

Participants must wear robust footwear, preferably walking boots, and, if it is raining, appropriate clothing. Please note that some sections of the walk are steep. Participants must provide contact details for Track and Trace purposes.

This event is open to local residents, as well as staff and students of Royal Holloway.

No. of tickets: Ten participants per walk. Please contact Liz Schafer on E.Schafer@rhul.ac.uk

Monday 1 November

Carbon Literacy training taster session (1 November, 1-2pm; repeated 12 November, 2-3pm)

Date and time: 1 November, 1-2pm; repeated 12 November 2021, 2-3pm

Location: Online via Teams. Register your attendance here

This is a short one-hour taster session with an overview and teaser of a Carbon Literacy Training course that will be delivered in four two-hour sessions (“a day’s worth of carbon literacy training”) in the spring and summer term.

The full course gives participants the opportunity to learn with others about climate change and what we need to do as a society and as individuals and groups to get to Net Zero.

The course at Royal Holloway is run by Dr Sigrun Wagner from the School of Business and Management, with colleagues from Drama, Business and previous participants on the course. It is based on the successful course developed by Nottingham Trent University’s Green Academy. 

Further information and FAQs can be found on the Carbon Literacy website.  

Festive procession with Andean music to mark the start of COP26 (Monday 1 November, 1.30-1.55pm)

Date and time: Monday 1 November, 1.30-1.55pm

Location: Leaving Picture Gallery at 1.30pm, circling Founder's Square, along Woodland Walk, to Queens Building (Geography)

A colourful procession with flutes, drums and singing which both marks the start of COP26 and the Andean Feast of the Souls; the start of the growing season, when people remember their ancestors. It will be led by the Music Department’s Andean band alongside participation from Geography students. All are welcome to join in, dance, or cheer along.

Various environmental messages are wrapped up the musical expressions. For example, each type of instrument has its own season; today will feature ‘soul flutes’ (alma pinkillus), reminding us about vegetative cycles; eating seasonally and locally. Also, a catchy seasonal song in the indigenous language Quechua will stress recycling: everything – ourselves included - will “transform to earth”. There is no ‘waste’ in nature…    

The procession aims to convey a message about acting together in simple participatory ways, greater awareness of seasonal cycles, and looking to the ancestors to see ahead. In the Quechua language the past is ‘ahead’ (ñawpa) of us and the future is ‘behind’ (qhipa).

Organiser: Henry Stobart (Music Department)

COP26: It’s your time to negotiate (Monday 1 November, 4-6.30pm)

Date and time: 1 November, 4-6.30pm

Location: Boilerhouse Auditorium. Register your attendance here

The World Climate Simulation is an interactive role-playing game conducted as a simulated emergency climate summit organised by the UN.

Players are assigned to a team acting as one of six world nations to enact policy decisions until a scenario of less than 2°C warming is achieved. The impact of each emission reduction pledge proposed to the UN is simulated during the course of the negotiations, so players can see the links between policy and real-world outcomes. This simulation is made possible by the interactive computer model C-ROADS.

Facilitators Josh, Laura, and Amy will be acting as the UN Secretary General and will open the summit with a plenary talk on the current state of climate science and policy implications.

Tens of thousands of people around the world have taken part in the World Climate Simulation, from actual UN climate negotiators, Nobel Prize-winning scientists and EU policymakers to university staff and students. It was developed by Climate Interactive, the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and  U-Mass Lowell’s Climate Change Initiative.

Tuesday 2 November

Health in the Anthropocene (Tuesday 2 November, 5-6.30pm)

Date and time: 2 November, 5-6.30pm

Location: Boilerhouse Auditorium. Register your attendance here

The standard Western clinical model tends to focus on ‘fixing’ human problems and illness once they have arisen, rather than on preventative and holistic care. Even less attention is given to the environmental consequences of medical practice. Our panel will discuss how we might shift to instead promote human health alongside environmental health.

This discussion will approach the issues and possibilities through a range of perspectives, from considering the environmentally damaging effects of nitrous oxide, a ‘greenhouse gas’ used in anaesthesia, to initiatives on wellbeing in conflict and post-conflict regions, such as Iraq.

The panel, which includes contributors from the newly launched Department of Health Studies at Royal Holloway, will consider questions such as the role of environment in human wellbeing, and what can foster resilience in the face of climate catastrophe. How do we need to rethink healthcare, for the whole planet, in the Anthropocene era?

Decarbonising our local area: A student-led conversation with Surrey councillors (Tuesday 2 November, 6.30-7.30pm)

Date and time: 2 November, 6.30-7.30pm

Location: Online. Register your attendance here

Join councillors Marisa Heath (Surrey and Runnymede) and Chris Neill (Godalming), chaired by and with questions from Royal Holloway students  

What do we have to do to reach Net Zero locally? Councillors Marisa Heath (Runnymede District Council and Surrey County Council) and Chris Neill (Godalming Town Council) will be talking about the challenges and opportunities facing the county and its communities. By 2050, Surrey County Council hopes to be at Net Zero emissions for the entire county.  

Hear more about Surrey’s Climate Change Strategy and decarbonisation plans, local initiatives and challenges, and put your own questions to your local representatives.  

The aim is to give students and young people in particular an opportunity to discuss and engage with two political figures from the county – Marisa representing the Conservative Party, and Chris who is an Independent councillor. 

Wednesday 3 November

Reading, writing and researching in times of climate emergency (Wednesday 3 November, 11am)

Date and time: Wednesday 3 November, 11 am 

Location: Online

In this session, Ruth Livesey, Katie McGettigan and Matt Thorne, from the department of English and Creative Writing, will reflect on how their research and writing is being reshaped as a result of an increased awareness of our changing climate.  

Our panellists will offer a range of approaches to this question from their own areas of expertise, including a consideration of how climate and the environment and the extractive economy has changed thinking about nineteenth-century visual and literary cultures, how American Studies’ attitudes towards social justice have become more conscious to incorporate issues of environmentalism and sustainability, and how environmental concerns can shape the type of stories we tell. 

Planetary health ethics for the post-Covid-19 world (Wednesday 3 November, 2-4pm)

Date and time: Wednesday 3 November, 2-4pm

Location: Online via Teams. Register your attendance here.

In 2019, academics at Royal Holloway, and Oxford University, UK drafted ‘Planetary Health Ethics: Beyond First Principles’ (Foster et al, 2019), the first iteration of a code of ethics for the emerging field of planetary health. Intended to be the first step on a collaborative and iterative process of shaping the code, further versions were produced following seminars in Malawi, Ethiopia and the US, (Prescott et al, 2019, 13.4) for the Planetary Health Alliance Handbook Planetary Health: Protecting Our Planet to Protect Ourselves (Foster et al, 2020), and with specific reference to the future threat from antimicrobial resistance (Abimbola et al, 2021). 

This seminar presents an open, collaborative, public discourse on how the existing ethical code needs to be (re)shaped for the post-COVID19 world, including lessons identified from the pandemic that might help guide future ethical approaches to climate change, antimicrobial resistance and emerging health risks. 

A core recognition in the code is that while principles are held by individuals, ethics are held collectively by society. They enable and allow for compromise and acceptance of principles we may not like but sometimes have to accept based on others’ preferences for collective action. They are fluid, malleable, collaborative and both able to and need to evolve to address their current context. When the world transforms, ethical codes will also transform. 

As the Global North begins to exit the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded once again of the inequity facing the Global South, of the distributive injustice writ large in vaccine accessibility, of the need to recognise intergenerational justice and the right to know the risks – and, perhaps most concerning of all, we need to acknowledge that for many of the challenges of the Anthropocene, it is already too late to adopt the precautionary principle. We are already in the climate emergency. 

Thursday 4 November

39 ways to save the planet (Thursday 4 November, 6.30-7.15pm)

Date and time: Thursday 4 November, 6.30-7.15pm

Location: Online. Register your attendance here.

Building on the popular Radio 4 show, Tom explores how there is plenty of evidence that we can respond proactively and creatively to climate change. Considering real-world solutions from around the globe, his book presents a more hopeful interrogation of the climate emergency and offers readers a roadmap for local, regional and global ambitions for decarbonisation and Net Zero. 

Visit the Penguin website for more about 39 Ways to Save the Planet: Real World Solutions to Climate Change – and the People Making Them Happen (Ebury, 2021).

Find episodes of the BBC show.

Monday 8 November

Eco walk, talk and question session (Monday 8 November, 12-1.30pm)

Date and time: Monday 8 November, 12.1.30pm

Location: Arboretum and Royal Holloway grounds. Register your attendance here.

Beginning in our very own Royal Holloway arboretum (see directions on the web page) on the Egham campus, as we walk and talk we will explore uncover past, present and future traces and narratives and raise questions about the ecology and sustainability of the natural and built environment of our campus.

In the footsteps of the Socratic Walk and the spirit of cooperative, questioning dialogue, and drawing on expertise ranging from how geology and pollen can show the effects of previous climate change to how looking at the ecology, landscape and structures built in it can tell different stories and create critical awareness.

Professor Liz SchaferDr Celia Martin-PuertasDr Ruth Cruickshank and Head of External Space Jonathan Howe offer this Eco Walk, Talk and Question Session as an invitation to get a long view of campus ecology and to engage in interrogating its sustainable future.

Listening ears, questioning minds, suitable footwear and cold/wet-weather gear are all you need to bring! Please note that some sections of the trail may be steep or muddy.

Open to all staff and students at Royal Holloway

Climate and West Africa: Film and law (Monday 8 November, 4-5.30pm)

Date and time: Monday 8 November, 4-5.30pm

Location: Online. Register your attendance here

An interdisciplinary panel exploring issues of forced migration and environmental degradation in West Africa 

Our speakers will discuss the politics and representation of the current situation through their respective expertise in West African film, languages and the law. Clips from fiction and non-fiction films that focus on forced migration and the ensuing economic crisis will be presented for discussion. 

The panel will consider the intersection of aesthetics, human rights and politics in these examples and consider how they might be related to the frameworks offered by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Tuesday 9 November 

Climate Conversations (Tuesday 9 November, 12-2pm)

Date and time: Tuesday 9 November, 12-2pm

Location: Davison Building Atrium

Drop into the Davison Building at lunchtime to talk to staff and students about their research and interests, and find out more about climate and sustainability

The aim of these Climate Conversations is to provide an informal space where you can drop by to ask fellow staff and students about issues and possibilities, from food waste and recycling, to health and the environment, Royal Holloway’s free Carbon Literacy Training, careers in sustainability, and more.  

There will be a performance by Generative Constraints in front of and using the screen opposite the student centre. This will take the form of a site-specific series of short performance-lectures, responding to both the themes, hopes, and dynamics of COP26. The mini-lectures will include personal lyric, provocations and disruption, and intend to consider the role of ‘committees’ and ‘stewards’ in terms of different aspects of complicity related to climate crises. 

Upcycling event (Tuesday 9 November, 12-4pm)

Date and time: Tuesday 9 November, 12-4pm

Location: Davison Building Events Space

Come along to the Events Space to make your own face covering from old unwanted clothing and embroider old clothes to revamp them. There will also be the opportunity to bring a bag of old unwanted clothes/items to donate.

Food waste on campus: Challenges and opportunities within and beyond (Tuesday 9 November, 4-5pm)

Date and time: Tuesday 9 November, 4-5pm

Location: Boilerhouse Tank Room. Register your attendance here

Food waste constitutes an important aspect of sustainability within what is termed the ‘circular economy’, an approach that considers waste as a part of larger processes of resource use. 

Currently there are innovative technologies like anaerobic digestion, or AD, which could simplify how food is to be recycled, generating valuable outputs to be reused on university campuses. However, two key challenges to address are data about food waste and recycling, and better recycling processes and messaging. 

During the summer of 2021, Business and Management students and staff worked with internal and external stakeholders to better understand these challenges, as well as relationships between them. In this session they will present some insights into how food waste is and could be managed to meet sustainable development goals on campuses and beyond.

The presentation addresses the themes of improving understanding of Net Zero approaches and generating solutions that reuse natural and other resources within the food waste ecosystems that currently exist.

It also considers the theme of collaboration, as the ‘circular economy’, which is a proposed approach to help reduce carbon emissions in food ecosystems, requires continuous dialogue and joint learning between organisations such as universities, food recycling technology companies, students, and communities in general. 

Food and drink on the brink: Sustainable eating on campus – a long view (Tuesday 9 November, 5-7pm)

Date and time: Tuesday 9 November, 5-7pm

Location: Shilling Lecture Theatre. Register your attendance here

Have you ever wondered where the food and drink you can buy on campus comes from? Would you like to make choices that will help us reach the COP26 goal of securing global Net Zero, and join the conversation about how to adapt your diet to protect communities and natural habitats? 

In this series of panel discussions we explore different views – back to Antiquity and into the future – of typical food and drink items, and explore sustainability across time and space, as well as at Royal Holloway. 

The event builds on a scoping exercise and symposium run by a team of researchers in the Humanities known as the Food Group. We want to put the critical thinking of Humanities scholars at the heart of debates about consumption. For the COP26 Forum, we would like to stimulate awareness of issues raised by what we consume on campus. 

The panels will include academic staff presenting on their research interests. We would also like to invite students to discuss their own experiences and perspectives.  

  • Taste sustainable chocolate, olive oil and bitter balls 

  • Develop a more critical, longer view about things we eat and drink on campus 

  • Debate how food and drink choices may help reach the COP26 goal of securing global Net Zero, and adapting diets on campus to protect communities and natural habitats  

Outline programme 

Introduction: Ruth Cruickshank 

5:10-5:30 First Course: Food   

Erica Rowan (Classics): chicken 

Hannah Platts (History): fish  

Walter Lucchesi (Biological Sciences): olive oil 

Q&A 

5:30-5:50 Second Course: Drink 

Judith Hawley (English): coffee 

Ruth Cruickshank (LLC): hot chocolate  

Stella Moss (History): wine 

Q&A 

5:50-6:10 BREAK FOR TASTING and TALKING! 

Samples of oil, bitter balls, chocolate available 

6:10-6:25 - Afters: Sustainability, From Africa to Egham 

Laszlo Bogre (Biological Sciences): more sustainable agricultural practices and orphan crops (including bitter balls) 

Jemma Morris Head of Catering 

6:25-7:00 Discussion: Chaired by Judith Hawley 

Wednesday 10 November

StoryFutures and Kew Wakehurst day (Wednesday 10 November, all day)

Date and time: Wednesday 10 November, all day 

Location: Various 

Royal Holloway welcomes key stakeholders from Kew Wakehurst to experience the potential of immersive storytelling from the AHRC-funded StoryFutures project and explore the potential for further collaboration in areas such as public engagement with biodiversity.  

The science of COP26 (Wednesday 10 November, 2-6pm)

Date and time: Wednesday 10 November, 2-6pm 

Location: Shilling Auditorium. Register your attendance here.

Hear from researchers in the departments of Geography, Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences 

This event will feature short talks and discussion by members of staff and PhD students across the three departments, covering their research and how it feeds into the themes of climate change and climate impacts central to the challenges around climate change and biodiversity critical to COP, the IPCC and sustaining biodiversity.  

The aims is to showcase the range of environmental, climate and ecological science within Royal Holloway and how this is highly relevant to understanding the challenges that face us.  

Some talks will cover attempts to help future prediction or conservation, while others will look at what we don’t yet know about the workings of climate change and environmental response, and what we are doing to find out. 

The talks will be followed by a social event to allow further discussion. 

Jointly organised by the Departments of Geography, Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences. This event is open to all staff and students at Royal Holloway. 

Out of the Woods / Words: An Evening of Poetry, Film and Performance (Wednesday 10 November, 5.30-7pm)

Date and time: Wednesday 10 November, 5.30-7pm (reception at 5pm)

Location: Boilerhouse Tank Room. Register your attendance here.

New and adventurous poetic works hosted by Royal Holloway’s Poetics Research Centre 

About this event 

This early evening programme brings together a series of poems and performances that engage with film, the material and the digital, plants and fibres, ecological crisis and environmental justice. Reception from 5pm, performances from 5.30pm. 

Thursday 11 November

Picturing the weather (Thursday 11 November, 10am-3pm)

Date and time: Thursday 11 November, 10am-3pm

Location: Online and in the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery. Register your attendance here.

A day of talks and creative work related to climate change and the paintings in the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery.  

10am Demonstration: Dr Sasha Engelmann

Open-Weather: A demonstration of the sonic properties of a live weather satellite pass

10.30am Talk: Dr Sasha Engelmann

Open-weather: A citizen-artist network producing a global weather report for COP26

What would it mean to collectively image and, in doing so, reimagine the planet? To see its details and patterns from multiple perspectives and many situated positions? If we could each take a photo of our home from space, could we build a patchwork, an impossible view, another whole earth?

On the occasion of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, a network of artists, students and researchers operating DIY satellite ground stations around the world will capture a collective snapshot of earth and its weather systems: a ‘nowcast’ for an undecided future. Tuning into transmissions from three orbiting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites, members of the feminist open-weather network will collect imagery and submit field notes from their geographical locations in an effort to challenge how knowledge on weather and climate is produced and represented. In this paper, I will draw on my experience co-leading the open-weather network and developing the open-weather ‘nowcast’ for COP26 to explore the potential of a feminist, artistic and community-centred framework for intervening in our images and imaginaries of weather and climate.

11.15am Talk: Professor Klaus Dodds

Landscapes of Ice: Weather and elemental state-change in the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery

Edward Landseer’s ‘Man Proposes, God Disposes’ is arguably one of the most well-known pictures in the college’s Picture Gallery. Created in 1864 (purchased by Thomas Holloway in 1881), Landseer’s painting is a stark depiction of the remnants of the ill-fated expedition led by Sir John Franklin. Equipped with two of the most sophisticated naval vessels of their time, HMS Erebus and Terror, the fate of the expedition became a national obsession, with speculation aplenty that the crew might have died horribly, including via cannibalism. Lady Franklin, Sir John’s partner, was a tireless advocate of search parties and public appeals to discover what happened to the expedition. Over time, with the discoveries of some of the remains of the crew and equipment, it became clear that the diabolical weather and capacious sea ice was in large part responsible for the loss all the men. The body of Sir John was never discovered and the Northwest Passage was never crossed. Landseer’s painting with its over-sized polar bears pawing their way through and over skeletal remains and tattered flag captures something of the horror and disappointment of expeditionary failure.

By the time the remains of the two ships were discovered separately in 2014 and 2016, the Arctic and its inhabitants were in a very different environment to that encountered by Franklin. Sea ice is a great deal less monstrous, polar bears are now thought of as more likely to be endangered rather than dangerous, and imperial hubris has given way to an Arctic where indigenous peoples are making their own Arctic futures. Had local indigenous knowledge been engaged with earlier, it is quite likely the underwater location of the two vessels would have been located some time ago.

12pm Talk: Professor Dell Olsen

Insects and Radar Weather

A talk on recent text and image work by Olsen made during her Dare Arts Residency 2021-1. A poetics of weather that figures alternative uses of radar to map insects, informed by collaborations with BioDar scientists at the University of Leeds, Opera North and the Science and Media Museum Bradford.

Lunch: 12.45-1.15pm

1.15- 2pm Talk: Dr. Greer Crawley

Plotting Turbulences

The Wind Tunnels Q121 and R52, Heritage Buildings, in Farnborough, Hampshire, are two of the earliest aerodynamic testing facilities in the world. The spatial, temporal, climatic and acoustic qualities of the wind tunnels provide the conditions for the scenographic flux of material, event, and ideas. This presentation will discuss the processes adopted by students of Design for Performance at Royal Holloway University of London in their analysis and response to these unique and monumental architectures. Their speculative designs for the staging of Brecht’s radio play Der Ozeanflug/Flight Over the Ocean were experiments in designing a scenography that was environmentally active and dynamic. In both Brecht’s play and the tunnels there is an exchange of energy as the forces of nature and technology come together.

2pm: Poetic Practice Students

Readings and showing of bookworks

Short readings of poems and showings of bookworks in response to paintings, issues of climate and representations of the weather. Followed by discussion of possibilities for future collaborations.

3pm End

Vegan and vegetarian food festival (Thursday 11 November, 11,30am-3pm)

Date and time: Thursday 11 November, 11.30am-3pm

Location: Boilerhouse Cafe

Come along to our vegan and vegetarian food festival at the Boilerhouse to enjoy fresh Italian pasta from Gaztronomy food, plant-based classics from Greedy Vegan and vegan and veggie soup, toasties and burgers from The Van. Jude’s vegan ice-cream and Perkier healthy snacks will also be available. 

Renewables on the Shilling Roof (Thursday 11 November, 12-12.30pm and repeated 12.30-1pm)

Date and time: Thursday 11 November, 12-12.30pm and repeated 12.30-1pm

Location: Shilling Building. Register your attendance for the 12-12.30pm session here and the 12.30-1pm session here.

Interested to know how much power our PV panels produce?

Join the Power Systems Group for a talk about renewable power and how our research is important for its integration into the network. Our research in Power Systems literally concentrates on “keeping the lights on” as we transition to a generation mix, which involves increasing contributions from renewable generation rather than fossil fuels. 

The rooftop visit is subject to weather conditions; during poor weather we will move inside, and you can enjoy the talk and Q&A from the comfort of the Shilling Creative Thinking Room (1-07).

There are two session you can attend on 11 November: 12-12:30pm or 12:30-1pm. Please check the time when you book.

The talk is led by Dr Stefanie Kuenzel.

Climate, Anxiety and Hope: A conversation  (Thursday 11 November, 3-4pm)

Date and time: Thursday 11 November, 3-4pm

Location: McCrea 0-03. Register your attendance here.

A panel discussion led by Dr Sigrun Wagner, Senior Lecturer in International Business and Sustainability, and Revd Dr Orion Edgar, Anglican Chaplain, and joined by Dr Maureen Ayikoru, Lecturer in Sustainability and Business Ethics. 

Many feel anxiety at the threat of climate change to human and other life on Earth. How do we move from eco-anxiety to action? The future of our planet depends on the possibility of hope. This panel discussion will give us an opportunity to think about sources of hope and meaning in the modern world, and how we might move from anxiety to hope-filled and powerful action with the help of faith. 

Friday 12 November

Carbon literacy training taster session (Friday 12 November, 2-3pm)

Date and time: Friday 12 November, 2-3pm

Location: Online event. Register your attendance here.

Find out about Carbon Literacy Training at Royal Holloway – how it can inform and inspire you to act positively on climate change

This is a short one-hour taster session with an overview and teaser of a Carbon Literacy Training course that will be delivered in four two-hour sessions (“a day’s worth of carbon literacy training”), once in the spring and again in the summer term.

The full course gives participants the opportunity to learn with others about climate change and what we need to do as a society and as individuals and groups to get to Net Zero.

The course at Royal Holloway is run by Dr Sigrun Wagner from the School of Business and Management, with colleagues from Drama, Business and previous participants on the course. It is based on the successful course developed by Nottingham Trent University’s Green Academy. 

Further information and FAQs can be found on the Carbon Literacy website.  

The blazing world: Stories of climate catastrophe (Friday 12 November, 4-5.30pm)

Date and time: Friday 12 November, 4-5.30pm

Location: Online. Register your attendance here.

From Pompeii to apocalyptic Science Fiction, how can literatures of both the past and present help us to think through climate change with imagination and resilience?  

How can we refocus our previous approaches to myths, literature and art in relation to meeting the challenge of climate change and its representation in art and literature? Why do so many disaster narratives prime us to think of apocalypse as something exterior to us? Of individuated heroes and villains? Of who and how to get saved? And what implications does this have for a consideration of our responsibilities as readers and writers?  

How can literatures of both the past and present help us to think through climate change with imagination and resilience? 
 
In this event organised by Royal Holloway, Prof Dell Olsen (English Department) will be in conversation with Dr Liz Gloyn and Prof Adam Roberts.