Climate change and East Anglia - public discussion

2018

“Climate Change and East Anglia” is a citizen and scientist discussion on what we love locally that’s at risk from climate change and our priorities and choices for what happens next. Participants will vote on what they think these are and what they want to happen.

Norfolk is the most “at risk” county in mainland UK. We see the effects of coastal erosion, flooding and lack of rainfall. We also treasure our broads’ biodiversity and landscape, as do the millions of visitors who come here each year – who also see part of the future in the renewable energy wind and solar farms generating clean electricity all around the county.

“The very things that define this region and its jobs are entwined with climate change - our tourism, agriculture, food, fishing, even the insurance industry,” said Asher Minns, Executive Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, a national centre headquartered at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

“Norfolk also sees new roads, cars and air pollution that exceeds safe levels and new houses that are not designed to be future homes suited to climate change.

“These are the problems, so what are the solutions? We are going to hear about climate change and East Anglia from UK experts. We are also going to learn a lot about what citizens think and want to prioritise as their solutions.

“Personally, I’d like to see this region become the green economic powerhouse of the UK and Europe, leading and demonstrating sustainability while creating green jobs and growth. We have all the ingredients that we need here. Citizens and scientists can together write the cookbook.”

The event takes place on 12 September at the Dragon Hall Writers' Centre, Norwich, from 6-7.30pm and is open to everyone. It forms part of the annual meeting of the Tyndall Centre with its partners from the universities of Manchester, Cardiff and Newcastle and UEA.

“We hope that there will be enough interest from the public to equal the number of scientists, so one-to-one conversations can also take place after the discussion,” said Asher.

Register to attend at www.tyndall.ac.uk/eastanglia-climate or contact Asher Minns a.minns@uea.ac.uk.