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Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing culture today. Performing arts, social practices, festive events and traditional knowledge are all vulnerable on our changing planet. But cultural influence holds the key to perceiving the challenges of climate change and coalescing around solutions.

Despite the power of the creative industries to explore uncertainly or inspire change, the cultural sector is largely absent from scientists’, governments’ and policymakers’ discussions on climate change. Cultural solutions are not systematically integrated into the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement, or the Assessment Reports of the IPCC. However, it is stories and narratives, rather than raw information, that motivate or demotivate climate action. Creativity itself is essential for finding new solutions to environmental challenges and a great space exists for creatives themselves to step up.

This event will begin with a keynote speech from Brian Eno, a highly influential musician, producer, visual artist and activist who as a co-founder of EarthPercent is reforming the music industry’s action towards climate change. This will be followed by a panel discussion that will include other artists and creators of culture. The panel will discuss how culture can shape collective mobilisation, individual behaviour change and action in tackling climate change in our modern world.

The event will be in person at Imperial College’s Great Hall and live-streamed for an online and international audience as well. After the event, there will be a networking reception where our Imperial start-ups that are tackling real-world climate and environmental problems will showcase and demonstrate their innovations.

Keynote address:

– Brian Eno, musician, producer, visual artist and activist, co-founder of EarthPercent

Panel discussion alongside Brian Eno:

– Nilesha Chauvet, novellist, short story writer and Managing Director, GOOD Agency

– Jason deCaires Taylor, Sculptor and creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park

– Carly McLachlan, Professor of Climate and Energy Policy, University of Manchester


– Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE, actress, author, and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham


18:30 – Introduction by Professor Hugh Brady, President of Imperial College London

18:35 – Introduction by Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Chair of the Grantham Institute

18:40 – Keynote speech by Brian Eno

19:00 – Panel Discussion

19:35 – Live Q&A with audience

19:55 – Closing statement

20:00 – Event Ends, networking at the innovation space.

21:00 – Innovation space closes

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Read about art and influence, meet the new staff in our academic powerhouse and the power of culture and community, in ‘Outlook 2021-22’, the Grantham Institute’s annual magazine.

Watch Grantham Institute’s former Annual Lectures on our YouTube playlist

[Photo Credit: Cecily Eno]

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