INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & GRANTHAM RESEARCH INSTITUTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT SEMINAR
“Keep It in the Ground: Climate Change and the Global Campaign Against Coal Mining”
Date: Monday 28th October 2013
Venue: Clement House, CLM 6.02
Chair: Dr Robert Falkner, Department of International Relations
About the seminar: Coal energy, the biggest source of manmade CO2 emissions, is the single greatest threat facing future climate stability. NGOs around the world are now campaigning against further coal mining. What are the prospects for global action? What future does coal have in a carbon-constrained global economy?
About the speakers:
Cameron Hepburn is an economist with expertise in energy, resources and the environment. He is Professor of environmental economics at the University of Oxford, based at the Smith School and the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, and is also Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE. He is a regular contributor to media and has provided advice on energy and environmental policy to governments and international institutions around the world. He has also had an entrepreneurial career, co-founding two successful businesses and investing in several other start-ups.
David Ritter has worked for Greenpeace for almost 7 years and is now the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Prior to joining Greenpeace, David was one of Australia’s leading Indigenous rights lawyers and has written two books on the subject (in 2009). In early 2013 David wrote a widely read op-ed published in The Australian calling for widespread civil disobedience against the coal industry. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia and an Associate of the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney. David is an alumnus of the London School of Economics from which he obtained an MSc with distinction in global politics and a columnist for Global Policy.
All LSE students and faculty welcome. Entry to this event is on a first come, first served basis.