Plant-basing the future: Your diet for our planet
featuring a guest speaker from Extinction Rebellion (XR)
Two hours, one evening:
Topical film excerpts
Workshop and talk
Children age 11+ welcome
Come and explore with us the climate change and other environmental impacts of diets based on meat, fish and dairy. We’ll also discuss claims that some forms of animal-based agriculture are still compatible with climate change mitigation. Of particular interest to people who tried Veganuary.
Climate change and environmental breakdown: are our food habits the problem or solution?
Eat less red meat? white meat? dairy? fish? Eat more veg? fruit? Even ‘go vegan to save the planet’. The food we choose to eat, and the farming systems producing it, have a huge impact on climate as well as on soil, water and biodiversity.
Tim Benton, Professor at Chatham House and Ilkley resident, will give an authoritative national and global perspective followed by questions and discussion.
Professor Tim Benton is the director of the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House. He joined Chatham House in 2016 as a distinguished visiting fellow, when he was also dean of strategic research initiatives at the University of Leeds. From 2011-2016 he was the “champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security programme which was a multi-agency partnership of the UK’s public bodies (government departments, devolved governments and research councils) with an interest in the challenges around food. He has worked with UK governments, the EU and G20. He has been a global agenda steward of the World Economic Forum and is an author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Food, Land and Climate (2019), and the UK’s Climate Change Risk Assessment.
Doors open at 19.15 and the talk will start promptly at 19.30.
In May 2017, two of our group went out to visit a local Brownies group in Todmorden. We gave a cookery demo and a talk, with cupcakes for all! It went very well, and we hope to be able to visit them again soon.