Environmental Provocations


Environmental Provocations

Grand Hotel, Cabaret Room, Saturday 17th July 2021, 11:00am
Suggested Donation £2.50

The natural world has always been a provider of food, energy and resources for survival. It creates wealth through business and profit through ownership and management. However, there can be an environmental, geo-political and human cost to how we exploit the natural world, a cost to society and the future of the planet. Environmental Provocations aims to explore these questions, to reflect upon the use of technology, green renewable energy and sustainable food production in the modern interconnected world. 

About the panel

Professor Daniel Parsons is Director of the Energy and Environment Institute (EEI) at the University Hull. He has gathered together a multidisciplinary team of over 80 researchers to conduct impactful research on the global challenges presented by environmental change, anthropogenic impacts and securing a low-carbon energy supply. The EEI has a portfolio of active research grants and projects of over £21M and hosts two taught MSc programmes as well as being home to the EPSRC-NERC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind and Environment.

Charlotte Bonner has over fifteen year’s experience working in the sustainability and education sectors leading transformational engagement and development programmes.

She has recently joined the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) as National Head of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) where she is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of ESD work as well as being the ETF policy and advocacy expert in sustainability matters.

Colin Challen was born in Scarborough, and served in the RAF, later worked as a postman, became a printer and publisher until 1994, then took up professional politics as an organiser for the Labour Party. He was elected as an MP in 2001 and served on the Environmental Audit and the Energy and Climate Change Select Committees. He founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change in 2005. His book “Too Little Too Late: the politics of climate change” was published in 2009. Colin has written that he believes the “catastrophic destabilisation of global climate represents the greatest threat that humanity faces.”

Dr Magnus Johnson (chair) is an environmental marine scientist with interests in crustaceans, fisheries science and management and statistical programming. An experienced diver he is also a senior lecturer in environmental science at the University of Hull.