Time to Discuss Climate Change

Discussing Climate Change

Thursday 23rd September 2021

The College was delighted to host and take part in a day of talks and discussion on the important topic of climate change.

‘Climate Change and Sustainable Futures’ was the focus of a Special Interest Day organised by the u3a in Kennet which brought pupils and members of the u3a together to explore this important topic. The u3a in Kennet is part of a UK-wide movement of retired and semi-retired people who meet to develop their learning, social and creative interests. The event took place in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) which will take place in November in Glasgow.

Marlborough College pupils and around 100 u3a members from across the South West participated in the all-day event on Monday 20th September. The Master welcomed everyone in the Memorial Hall and a panel of qualified climatologists and scientists provided both a balanced, but also positive, outlook on the dramatic global climate changes that we are experiencing directly or witnessing through the media.

The expert speakers at the event were:

  • Penny Tranter from the Meteorological Office, who discussed the realities of climate change;
  • Chris Warrick from the Culham Science Centre, who described the potential for low emission fusion power;
  • Professor Peter Edwards from Oxford University, who talked about the Circular Carbon Economy;
  • Dr Katherine Steentjes from Cardiff University, who explored society’s perceptions of climate change and support for low carbon lifestyles.

David Hammond, Chairman of u3a in Kennet, said: ‘This event, which was generously supported by Marlborough College, allowed our members to have an in-depth, non-political view of this important topic. It also demonstrated a cross-generational approach to learning and explored concerns and worries about climate change which are shared by young and old.’

The College extends its sincere thanks to u3a in Kennet for creating this event and for providing our pupils with such a positive and thought-provoking day alongside their members.

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