2020 GREAT Britain Campaign

Thursday 25 February 2021 -
17:00 to 18:00
Webinar is in Singapore Time

British Council in partnership with University College London presents:
Is climate change really that bad?
featuring Prof. Ilan Kelman, Professor of Disasters and Health, University College London.

Singapore Sign Language Interpretation provided by SADeaf will be available during the lecture.

About the lecture
Headlines on climate change scream its destruction: millions of forced migrants, crushing disasters, and drowning coastlines. Science paints a much more nuanced picture, sometimes involving these devastating scenarios, but also cutting through the rhetoric and hyperbole to present balanced understandings of the implications of human-caused climate change.

There is no doubt whatsoever that our planet’s climate is changing rapidly, epitomised by global warming, and that our actions are causing this shift. Consequences, though, are multi-causal and complex.

In his lecture, Prof. Kelman will explain that climate change-related disasters are often due to human decisions to create and perpetuate vulnerabilities, not merely because of a changing environment.

While not every detrimental effect resulting from climate change can be dealt with, Prof Kelman will discuss why we could and should be doing so much more to support people and their livelihoods under all forms of change.  He will bring home the message that our own actions, or indeed, inactions, are proving to be more damaging and more terrifying – and  that we, not the climate, are creating our own problems.

About the speaker
Prof. Ilan Kelman is Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, UK and Professor at the University of Agder, Norway. His overall research interest is linking disasters and health, including the integration of climate change into disaster research and health research.

About University College London (UCL)
UCL is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary universities, with more than 11,000 staff and 39,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL became one of the two founding institutions of the University of London. UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.

About the British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' lecture series
The British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series showcases UK's knowledge, creativity and innovation through leading UK specialists in areas of topical debate and discussions.