Insight with Colin Challen MP- Climate Change: a Perfect Storm

Talk Tuesday 28th April, 2009

According to the UK government chief scientist Prof John Beddington, by 2030 the growing world population will cause a “perfect storm” of food, energy and water shortages. As the population tops 8.3 billion, demand for food and energy will jump 50% by 2030 and for fresh water by 30%.

Labour MP Colin Challen will be discussing the issued raised in his new book Too Little, Too Late: the Politics of Climate Change, and asking why tougher policies are not being followed through to tackle climate change, presenting arguments from the perspective of an elected politician. Challen condemns the inability of political parties to form consensus around meaningful responses and in this one-on-one discussion, offers suggestions to a governmental solution of the problem.

This unique insight will touch upon the causation and prevention of climate change and will discuss the policies that can be implemented by the British and international governments to avoid the global problems of the impending ‘perfect storm’.

Colin Challen has been a labour MP for Morley and Rothwell since 2001 and has campaigned on the issue of Climate change in parliament, both presenting Bills and speaking up for radical action.  He is also a founding member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change.

His other publications are: The Quarrelsome Quill, Hull’s Radical Press from 1832 (Hull, 1984); In Defence of the Party: The Secret State, the Conservative Party and dirty tricks (with Mike Hughes) (Leeds, 1996); Save as you Travel: New Directions in Mutual Ownership (Wakefield, 1999); The Price of Power: the secret funding of the Conservative Party (London, 1998). He was editor, Labour Organiser 1997 to 2001.

This event is chaired by Julian Rush, Science and Environment Correspondent of Channel 4 News.  Julian has won several British Environment Media Awards for his environment new reporting.