People worried about this summer’s extreme temperatures and ongoing drought are urged to come to a Community Climate Talk in Cambridge. Scientist Dr Charlie Gardner will speak about the unprecedented heatwave and other climate impacts during the event at Cambridge Junction at 3pm on Sunday September 4.
Dr Gardner, 43, from Norfolk, has witnessed the devastating impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss during 17 years working in conservation – but said the rate at which extreme weather events are now happening is alarming. “We’re seeing temperatures that are smashing all records,” he said. “This country has simply never been this hot before in all of human history. The pace of the change we’re experiencing has been surprising a lot of scientists.”
Large parts of Cambridgeshire are predicted to be underwater by 2050, with sea levels expected to rise by 35cm as the polar ice caps continue to melt, according to research by scientific organisation Climate Central.
Dr Gardner, an associate lecturer at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, will lead the discussion, and there will be short talks from Cambridge people, including teachers, university students, and grandparents affected by the climate emergency.
Free vegan food will be provided with a time for discussion so everyone can have their say on the issues raised and find out how we can work together to change things.