Passivhaus and the Road to Zero Carbon

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 - 09:30 to 19:30

Is the rigour and robustness of the Passivhaus Standard a step too far, and how do we pick up the pace to deliver solutions fast enough? A chance to debate all this and more in Leeds on 13 November at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2018 - early bird tickets now available at


The Matter of the Soul

Tuesday, 23 October, 2018 - 19:45 to 22:15

The Matter of the Soul is a sound, sculpture and performance work, created by Kat Austen, Cultural Fellow in Art and Science at the University of Leeds’ Cultural Institute.

The symphony focusses on the difficult problem of emotional engagement with climate change, and aims to engender empathy in humans with the process of dispersal and transformation in the Arctic region. 

Unfrozen: Reports from the ice

Friday, 19 October, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30

What is happening to the world’s ice? Rising temperatures are causing rapid melting in the Arctic and Greenland and new reports show that underwater melt-off in the Antarctic is doubling every 20 years, with significant implications for sea level rise.

University of Leeds scientists working in the field describe the changes they have witnessed through their research in this lunchtime lecture at Opera North’s Howard Assembly Room for Green Great Britain Week.

Green Great Britain Week: Climate Question Time

Thursday, 18 October, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:30

Leading scientists from the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds and other universities in the North of England and Scotland join forces for this Climate Question Time event, the culmination of a week of public engagement on climate change for Green Great Britain Week (15-19 October).

Attendees wishing to ask questions must submit them when they register to attend.

Climate Chats

Monday, 15 October, 2018 - 11:00 to 14:00

What first comes to mind when you think about climate change? How concerned are you about it - and what actions are you personally prepared to undertake to help tackle it? 

Addressing climate change is the theme of Green GB Week (15-19 October) and here in Leeds we are having a city-wide conversation about it, starting on Monday at Leeds Station. 

Ilkley Literature Festival

Friday, 28 September, 2018 - 19:30 to Sunday, 14 October, 2018 - 19:30

The North's most exciting literature festival returns with a programme with speakers ranging from England cricket star Moeen Ali to Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

As ever, Ilkey Literature Festival welcomes exciting names in literary fiction including Kate Mosse, Fiona Mozley and Nikesh Shukla, while poets reading their work include Imtiaz Dharker, Gillian Clarke and Andrew McMillan. This year also features several events on climate change - see News

Car-free Leeds meet up

Saturday, 22 September, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30

Sept 22nd is European Car Free Day.

To celebrate, Living Streets Leeds would like anyone interested in helping Leeds to be less car dependent to come along and share theirideas. People who wish to share their experiences of trying to travel without a car in the city are also welcome.

As a result of this meeting the aim is to create momentum for regular car free events across Leeds.

Event is free to attend; please register.

Jonathon Porritt: The World We Made - a vision of a positive future

Thursday, 20 September, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:00

Jonathon Porritt, founder director of Forum for the Future, will discuss the book ‘The World We Made’, a positive and optimistic vision of the future in 2050 written by fictional character Alex Mackay.

The talk is part of series of events funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering INGENIOUS outreach scheme.

Booking essential.

Jonathan Bartley: Working for the peace of the city

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 - 19:30 to 21:30

Jonathan Bartley, current co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, gives the annual Hook Lecture talking about cities, the environment and hope for the future.

The Hook Lecture is an annual event, which aims to stimulate debate around an issue of faith in the context of the city, shaping discussion and dialogue throughout the coming year. High profile speakers launch the conversation, drawing different communities together in Leeds Minster. The event is organised jointly by LCI, Leeds Minster and Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds.