Is the most challenging part of climate change the inaction caused by fear of failure or that messages of immediacy have become commonplace?
Over the its final two days, the Oxfordshire Science Festival highlights environmental sustainability from the pressing need to care for our local and global environment to what individuals and businesses can achieve.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, unable to be present, made a short video message to be screened on Wednesday 21 June during the event highlighting The Ladybird Expert Book of Climate Change and ideas within it. This book was co-authored by HRH The Prince of Wales, environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh. At the event, Tony Juniper will discuss the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and possible solutions for reducing its impact.
In his video, The Prince comments: “Such gatherings are, it seems to me, wonderful opportunities to celebrate our growing knowledge and appreciation of our incredibly precious world, to spread awareness about how we can better protect it and to encourage the urgent actions we need to take – while there is still time.”
During 2015, over 150 photovoltaic solar panels were installed on the flat roof, which have since delivered in excess of 40,000kW of free energy and more than half of the light fittings in the building were replaced with low-energy LED fittings, which automatically detect occupancy. Combined with the installation of electric vehicle charging points, and the move towards use of electric service vehicles, the Saïd Business School is sending a clear message – investment in energy efficient buildings and operations is crucial to the delivery of responsible business education.
On Tuesday 20 June, Mike Berners-Lee will explore what sustainability in business really entails in 2017 in A Climate of Change. Drawing on his research and work with corporations, this talk will look at the role of industry in dealing with climate change and, even more widely, adapting to the Anthropocene; the new era in which humans are the dominant and ever increasing driver of environmental change.
Tuesday’s event will identify the real-world issues encountered by big business in adopting meaningful environmental targets. Mike said: “One of the biggest challenges is the irrationality of human decision making. Finding ways to bridge the gap between rational analysis and strategy is key, bringing values into corporate strategy.”
Mike will also look at the topical question of how business can respond to the US pulling out of the Paris agreement.