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Wilberforce Dialogue on the Climate

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at our annual Wilberforce dialogue lecture.

About this Event

Most people accept that our planet faces a climate crisis—yet there is still widespread inertia and indifference. Is it immoral to stand by as the environment collapses? What would motivate people to sit up and make their politicians act? And do tactics like activists gluing themselves to commuter trains increase support for Green politics—or lose public sympathy?

Our guest speakers and panellists for the evening include:

Clare Farrell as a co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) global environmental movement, she supports the use of non-violent diStevsruption and civil disobedience to compel our government to act on climate change. Clare works as a fashion designer with a focus on sustainable fashion.

Natalie Bennett was leader of the Green Party from 2012-2016, and now represents the Greens in the House of Lords. Born in Australia, she became a journalist and worked in Thailand for four years before moving the UK, where she edited the Guardian Weekly and wrote for the Independent and the Times.

Councillor Steve Leggett is a Labour Councillor and Cabinet Member for Green City and Environment in Southampton City Council. As the environmental head of a city with a poor reputation for air quality, he is driving forward the council’s Green City Plan 2020/2030.

The Dialogue will be moderated by Martin Buckley, journalist, broadcaster and Senior Lecturer in Solent University, who has chaired the last three Wilberforce events. Martin’s interest in environmental matters dates back to the two-hour BBC documentary The Global Zoo he made with George Monbiot in 1991. His new feature-length TV documentary on Israel-Palestine, From Balfour to Banksy, premiered last year.

The 2020 Dialogue is guaranteed to be timely, provocative and deeply informative debate about this issue.

Key timings:

5.30pm – Doors open.

6pm – Wilberforce Dialogue lecture.

8pm – Close.


Southampton Solent university
East Park Terrace
Southampton, SO14 0YN
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