Society outing to the Royal Geographical Society: on Monday 11th January, the
Harris Society visited the Royal Geographical Society in London to attend a
lecture from Professor Michael Jacobs on the topic of the recent critical UN
conference in Paris with regards to climate change.
been Special Adviser to
former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for six years, Jacobs’ take on the
next 40 years of climate change was as credible as any. He talked in great depth
about the reality of the COP21 agreement and how complex the task world leaders
would be faced with in keeping global temperatures under two degrees higher
than pre-industrial times.
He then went on to say that unless there are drastic measures taken
by energy giants such as Shell and Exxon, this goal will never be achieved, due
to their supposed contribution to the temperature increase. Somewhat contrary
to what one would expect,
his thoughts were very positive and thought that with the development of
C02 capture in the near future, this goal of two degrees was realistic.
evening was finished off with a visit to a local pizzeria and we all went
home intellectually stimulated after what was a fascinating talk.
Report by Alex Beare, K Social 6.1