The Priestley Lecture. From Climate Science to Climate Action?

Thursday, 28 November, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:00

The impact of climate change on society and ecosystems is a global challenge and in response to this problem, the University of Leeds opened the Priestley International Centre for Climate in 2016. Professor Piers Forster will explore how science influences international negotiations, national legislation and climate action.

Aviation and the climate crisis

Thursday, 21 November, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:30

An inspiring event exploring the climate impact of aviation, flight-free travel, and how people power can save the world. We will hear from speakers exploring the issues, including what difference individuals can make, what action the government needs to take, and if there is an answer to the coming climate crisis. 

Signs on the Earth: faith inspired responses to the climate emergency

Tuesday, 12 November, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:30

Leading environmentalist, Fazlun Khalid will talk about what is perhaps the greatest threat humanity faces today, namely climate change, in this event organised by the Muslim Staff Network at the University of Leeds.

How ready are cities for net zero?

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00

Cities and towns are where UK climate policy and action is delivered "on the ground". Are our places ready to deliver transformative climate action? Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a Climate Readiness Index to assess the level of preparedness of places and will be talking about it – and road-testing it with the audience – in this interactive public lecture, which is part of the Festival of Social Science run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

From Extreme Weather to Climate Change in Africa

Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00

Climate Change in Africa is a big threat to the people, the environment and the economy. Dr Benjamin Lamptey discusses  how Africa will cope with an increase in the intensity of storms, droughts and heatwaves, when the effects of present-day weather extremes can be so devastating.

Can regeneration be a catalyst for fair and inclusive climate action across the city of Leeds?

Tuesday, 8 October, 2019 - 18:00 to 20:00

A panel discussion, followed by a Q& A and networking to explore how Leeds can deliver its vision to be both net zero carbon and the best city in the UK by 2030. 

With significant regeneration plans in the pipeline, how can we encourage and secure the right kind of sustainable development? What policy and mechanisms are required to build the business case for investment that unlocks wider social value across the city?

Our Future Leeds Schools launch meeting

Wednesday, 2 October, 2019 - 19:00 to 21:00


Calling all pupils/students, parents, teachers, support staff, community groups and anyone who cares how their local schools are responding to the Climate Emergency!

This launch meeting is to organise a co-ordinated, effective strategy for bringing schools and colleges up to the standards demanded by the situation.

The role of energy in meeting the UK’s net zero greenhouse gas targets

Monday, 9 September, 2019 - 14:00 to 16:30

Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change, is the keynote for this University of Leeds event to explore the energy implications of the Government’s new target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  This is a free event hosted by Energy Leeds and the Priestley International Centre for Climate.

What's your carbon lifestyle?

Wednesday, 22 May, 2019 - 10:30 to 12:00

Join Dr. Milena Buchs from the Priestley International Centre for Climate (University of Leeds) to find out how you can shrink your environmental footprint in ways that will benefit you, your family and the planet.

This talk is jointly presented with Leeds Climate Commission.

Free event for adults. Book your place here.