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ClimateCorona750PXHow Covid-19 lessons might crack climate change 

A line-up of eminent speakers is applying lessons from Covid-19 to climate change. Willem Buttinger, who initiated this webinar for Norfolk, describes how it came into being.

I moved to Norwich in 2015 and began worshipping at Holy Trinity, joining a local house group. 

One morning in February this year I heard that Mike, a member of Holy Trinity church, was a professor of Climate Change at the University of Cambridge. I heard an overwhelming voice saying: "Willem you can organise a conference on Climate Change.” I was left with no choice; it had to be done. 

Originally the conference was to be held at the Assembly House, but with Covid-19 this idea was abandoned, and the conference was rebadged as 'applying the lessons from Covid-19 pandemic to Climate Change' and went online as a webinar. 
This is the only conference I am aware of on applying the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic to climate change. It should help us learn how we should respond to the accelerating warming of the earth. 
The conference has been put together by local sponsors, companies and individuals and has a panel of eminent local speakers including Pablo Salas Bravo, Jake Fiennes, Hayley Pinto, Jeff Price, Rupert Read and Philip Richardson: climate scientists, conservation and farming spokespeople and climate activists.  

It poses six questions, which I feel many of us have asked. It should provoke lively discussion, and there is plenty of time for Q & A. The questions are:

  • Why have we been able to respond to the coronavirus crisis so dramatically and change our behaviour?
  • Are there lessons to be learnt for climate change?
  • Can the rapid growth in renewables deal with the problem, or must far more be done?
  • Why would it be foolish to think the scientists are maybe wrong and therefore do nothing?
  • How far should the UK lead the world in CO2 reduction?
  • What can and should we do in Norfolk to reduce CO2 emissions and adapt to global warming 

I feel very strongly that as Christians we have to be relevant, and safeguarding God's creation is one way. 

The conference is taking place on Zoom at 2pm on Saturday October 31. It is free, and you can register on
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Eldred Willey, 07/09/2020

Published: 07/09/2020
Eldred Willey