Change in a Time of Chaos

A science and faith webinar series

Next lecture early autumn 2021

Fifth Lecture
Tuesday 25th May 2021, 7.30pm

By Professor Stephen Peake, The Open University

A Just and Warm Transition to Net Zero for Scotland?

Our fifth webinar in this series is in partnership with The Open University, and focuses on the challenge of decarbonising heating in Scotland and the relationship with fuel poverty issues.

Great progress has been made in Scotland with 97% of electricity now supplied from renewable sources. There still remain significant challenges ahead, particularly with decarbonising heat which will need to tackle issues such as the energy efficiency of existing housing stock. The transition to low/zero carbon heating systems will also require much greater use of electricity with heat pump technologies, or conversion of boilers and appliances to hydrogen.

Professor Stephen Peake is Professor of Climate Change and Energy at The Open University. He is also Fellow of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Previously he has served as international civil servant at the International Energy Agency at the OECD in Paris and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), based in Bonn, Germany.

Further lectures will follow throughout 2021. This page will be updated with information about those lectures, as they are scheduled, so please do keep an eye on this space!

First Lecture
Tuesday 1 December 2020, 7.30pm

By Dr Murdo Macdonald, Policy Officer of the Church of Scotland Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project

Restraining Climate Change:
What is the Role of Faith Communities?

Second Lecture
Wednesday 27 January 2021, 7.30pm

By Dr Bethany Sollereder, Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Religion at Oxford University

Creation Past the Anthropocene Tipping Point

Third Lecture
Wednesday 3 March 2021, 7.30pm

By Dr Rachel Howell, Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Edinburgh University

Carbon Cutter or Climate Marcher?
Personal and Political Action on Climate Change

Fourth Lecture
Tuesday 27th April 2021, 7.30pm

By Ed Johnson-Williams, Senior Campaigns Officer at Traidcraft Exchange

How can we secure climate justice and trade justice together?