We can choose our future

Professor Alice Larkin

Would you change your flying habits or aspirations to combat climate change?

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 richer countries, our per person emissions are very high and will need to be cut significantly. Our choices also have an influence over others’ futures, where per person emissions are very low. And these tend to be places where climate impacts will be most keenly felt.

Professor Alice Larkin’s talk focusses 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.

professor alice larkin

Professor Alice Larkin

Professor Alice Larkin is Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester.  She is also a researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.  Her work on carbon budgets helped to shape the UK’s Climate Change Act and inclusion of aviation within policy frameworks. She continues to work at the climate change-policy interface.