Coastwise North Devon – Autumn programme.

Jonathon Porritt joins Coastwise North Devon’s Autumn programme.

Britain’s most prominent Green activist, Jonathon Porritt, is to give a talk to Coastwise North Devon on Thursday 29th October. Jonathon is a former director of Friends of the Earth, a founder director of Forum for the Future, and former chair of the government’s Sustainable Development Commission.

As part of Coastwise North Devon’s exciting Autumn programme, Jonathon Porritt will be talking about his new book “Hope in Hell: A Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency”. Jonathon says “Of all the books I’ve written since 1984, this one has been the hardest. Confronting today’s Climate Emergency is personally very painful – simply because we’ve left everything so late.

You can’t just stay hopeful if the science tells us it’s already too late to stop runaway climate change – but happily, that’s not the case. Solutions abound on every front, and a new generation of climate activists (in the School Strikes movement and Extinction Rebellion) has transformed today’s climate politics.

But it won’t stay ‘not too late’ much longer’. Which is what makes this the decisive decade, and what makes 2021, as we rebuild our shattered economies after the coronavirus crisis, the decisive year.”

Co-chair of Coastwise North Devon, Liesje Birchenough, said “We are really excited to be welcoming Jonathon Porritt to join our Autumn term of lectures on Zoom. The new online version of Coastwise enables us to present some exciting speakers from all over the UK, and we are looking forward to getting started.”

The first meeting of the Autumn series, at 10.00am on Thursday 8th October, will be accessible on the Zoom platform, in the comfort of your own home, as live meetings are currently subject to restrictions. The full term’s fee is £20.00. Further talks in the series, which runs up to December, will include Rocky Seashores, Rockpools in Winter, Rewilding Coasts and Wetlands, Geology & Landscape in Devon, and How Climate Change is affecting Ocean Storminess.

Check the website for the full talks programme and how to enrol.


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