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Date and time
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:00 to 12:00
Parkgate Road
United Kingdom

About the Event

TED Countdown is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal: To build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone. Find out more about Countdown here.

TEDx UoChester is hosting it's own Countdown event with distinguished speakers from the University and Chester Zoo alongside some content from the global launch. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the climate crisis and finding solutions.

The event will be virtual

Please register here

The event will focus on 5 key areas:

Energy: Professor Joe Howe 

 H2Go - clean energy and industrial decarbonisation

Industry accounts for around a quarter of all UK greenhouse gas emissions -with the majority of these coming from a small number of energy intensive industries. It is recognised that if the world is to meet the ambitions of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, industry needs to reduce its emissions. This presentation will provide an in-depth look at the emerging proposition to decarbonise its major industrial cluster.

Transport: Professor Peter Cox

Cycling for Sustainability: Transport and the climate crisis

Materials Dr Rebecca Collins

These old things?  Why we need to embrace new ways of making old things new

If everyone in the world lived the same materially comfortable lifestyles that most of us in the UK enjoy, we would need 2.4 planets to sustain that level of consumption.  But we only have one planet, and billions of people still far from accessing lifestyles that would bring them out of poverty.  Material consumption in the wealthy Global North has got to change.  This talk considers how cultural processes around the production of novelty could have a role to play in reducing the environmental impacts of our ‘over-stuffed’ lives. 

Dr Rebecca Collins is a human geographer with research interests in sustainable consumption and production, material culture, and young adults’ engagement with consumer culture and environmental care.  Her current research investigates the meaning and practice of novelty in young adults’ clothing consumption. 

Food: Catherine Barton, Jennifer Tegg

Halting deforestation through sustainable palm oil cities

Catherine Barton and Jennifer Tegg from Chester Zoo uncover the secrets of the success of the Sustainable Palm Oil City.  An innovative behaviour change programme that aimed to increase demand for sustainable palm oil one city at a time.  They’ll discuss the importance of pragmatic, collaborative and inter-disciplinary approaches to conservation and the importance of people power in their mission – preventing extinction.

Catherine Barton is Field Conservation Manager at Chester Zoo, leading on the zoo’s field conservation work in Borneo and Sumatra and engaging with stakeholders in the palm oil supply chain, from other NGO’s to field partners and local businesses. She works with international zoos and conservation organisations to find solutions to reversing the environmental impact of unsustainable palm oil, and has developed a network of partners crucial to the delivery of the sustainable palm oil city project.

Jennifer Tegg is Head of Marketing at Chester Zoo and supports the organisation’s mission using behaviour change theory and her own experiences of delivering community based behaviour change projects to help launch the sustainable palm oil city project in 2017. She aims to find innovative and engaging ways of empowering, involving and communicating with audiences to deliver conservation impact.

Nature: Dr Lindsay Murray

WILD Life: Co-existing in nature as an evolutionary imperative

This talk will highlight examples of the impact of climate change, largely through human activity, on wildlife and, using the experience of the anthropause as a catalyst, aim to encourage a call to action towards greener, wilder and more respectful ways of co-existing with other species in nature for the shared benefit of all.

Dr Lindsay Murray is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Psychology at the University of Chester.  Her research interests are predominantly in primatology, particularly personality, laterality, social behaviour and self-recognition, but also extend to wider aspects of animal behaviour, including elephant grief and ecotourism involving brown bears. She is on the Council of the Primate Society of Great Britain and the Education Committee of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Nature: Dr Servel Miller (pictured) 

Climate Crisis: Reducing vulnerability and building resilience matter

Dr Servel Miller is an Associated Professor in Natural Hazard Management at the University of Chester.  Currently he is the programme leader for the BSc in Natural Hazard Management and the MSc in Flood Risk Assessment Modelling and Engineering at the University of Chester.

Dr Miller is a Geoscientist with a particular interest in the development and application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) on Natural Hazard Management. His research focuses mainly on regions of the Caribbean and United Kingdom, investigating the impact that major catastrophes (such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunami and volcanoes) have on the development of cities, the economy and the environment. 




Parkgate Road
United Kingdom