‘Revolution’ is the central theme of the 2018 Steyning Festival, so what could be more timely than an inspiring and hard-hitting talk by one the UK’s leading green revolutionaries, Jeremy Leggett?
‘Jeremy Leggett is one of the best speakers I know on green issues’, says Geoff Barnard, coordinator of the Greening Steyning group, which is organising the talk. ‘He offers a positive antidote to doom and gloom we so often hear on the environment and state of the planet.’
Jeremy Leggett is a social entrepreneur, futurist and solar pioneer. He founded Solarcentury, the UK’s largest solar company, and SolarAid, a charity that promotes solar lighting solutions in Africa and is part-funded by profits from the company.
Winner of numerous awards, Jeremy has been described in the Observer as ‘Britain’s most respected green energy boss’. He is the author of several influential books on the climate and energy, the most recent of which is The Winning of The Carbon War, an account of what he sees as the ‘turnaround years’ in the dawn of the global energy transition. His inspiring vision is of a renaissance in civilisation aided or even triggered by renewable energy and its intrinsic social benefits.
Jeremy’s talk, ’Green Revolution: Winning the Carbon War’, is based on the book. He will be offering a first-hand account of the political battles being fought on the front lines of climate and clean energy policy, in the run-up to the historic Paris climate accord in Paris and since.
What difference has the US decision to pull out of Paris made? Can we trump Trump, and is the tide turning yet against ‘big energy?’ Jeremy says ‘yes it is’, and that humanity might just win the ‘Carbon War’.
The talk starts at 8pm on Tuesday 29 May in the Festival Big Top tent, on Cuthman’s Field. Tickets cost £10 for adults (£6 for under-18s) and are available on the door, or can be bought in advance from the Festival Booking office, or online here.
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