Young People's

We Can Choose Our Future

Professor Alice Larkin
Wednesday, 23 March 2022 - 6:30pm


A joint event with the Institute of Physics (Manchester branch)

Venue update: This event will now take place in Lecture Theatre G.27 at the MMU Business School. 

Anthropogenic climate change is the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced.  Yet the fact that we know humans created this challenge can be empowering – it means that we have some control over how much future climate change we will all need to adapt to.  In particular, if we live in richer countries, where our per person emissions are very high and will need to be cut significantly, we also have an influence over others’ futures, where per person emissions are very low – these also tend to be places where climate impacts will be most keenly felt.

Professor Alice Larkin's talk will focus on the scale of the climate change challenge and why it matters that we make different choices now.  In particular, it will use aviation and shipping to highlight some of what needs to change, and how to influence it.  Would you change your flying habits or aspirations to combat climate change?


About the speaker

Since August 2019 Professor Alice Larkin has been of Head of the School of Engineering, in a newly formed School comprising four pre-existing Schools within the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Manchester.  She is also a researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester.

Alice trained as a physicist in Leeds, did her PhD in climate modelling at Imperial College, then worked in science communication.  She returned to academia joining the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester in 2003 to research conflicts between climate change and energy policy.  Her work on carbon budgets helped to shape the UK’s Climate Change Act and inclusion of aviation within policy frameworks.  She became a Professor and Director of Tyndall Manchester in 2015, delivered a TED talk and was awarded a University ‘Researcher of the Year’ award in 2016.  She has led large collaborative EPSRC projects on the Water-Energy-Food nexus and decarbonising shipping, and continues to work at the climate change-policy interface. 

Event image: Photo by L.Filipe C.Sousa on Unsplash


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