The first event in the series focused on the issues of climate, carbon, energy and resources. The energy we consume creates carbon emissions that damage the planet through global warming. The Australian fires and Indonesian floods in 2020 were the consequence of 250 years of industry using toxic energy sources. With the UK committed to be carbon neutral by 2050, and all nations aiming to reduce greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030, LSBU set out to understand how society could go green more quickly and what will that mean for architects, engineers and the built environment.
Our prominent guest speakers included:
- The Cabinet Office on organising COP 26
- The Environment Agency
- Extinction Rebellion
- Sweco UK
- Buro Happold.
In the lead-up to the event, we interviewed some of our key speakers, asking them about their current roles, what they were doing individually to tackle issues around sustainability and climate change, and their thoughts on the future.