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Climate Change Talk

Climate Change Talk

Distinguished former diplomat and Climate Change campaigner John Ashton CBE (pictured with brother, Andrew, Radley’s Bursar), who has been a special representative on Climate Change for three successive Foreign Secretaries, spoke to sixth-formers on Friday October 30th, as part of the weekly 6.2 Lecture series.

Mr Ashton opened his speech by challenging the theatre-full of sceptical Radleians to, in all seriousness, 'occupy Radley'. This certainly aroused attention. We came expecting a rather sober talk on climate change, with Mr Ashton being such a front-runner in the field, but were surprised to be confronted with an engaging questioning of our outlook on the world.

He claimed 'revolution' is the only way that society can progress, and is the only reason why it has done so in the past. He argued that we, as the next generation, should be leading this effort. By discrediting our common perceptions of the world, Mr Ashton gave us the chance to appreciate there being a different world out there, which the Radley bubble will not shelter us from forever.

James Crosthwaite-Eyre, D Social, 6.2

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