Communicating Climate Change – Why So Toxic?

Hosted by the Department of International Development and the Grantham Research Institute

Old Theatre, Old Building


Professor Chris Rapley

Professor Chris Rapley


Professor Tim Dyson

Professor Tim Dyson

This visually engaging presentation by Chris Rapley will present the limitations of evidence in informing and motivating action
on climate change.

Before joining University College London as Professor of Climate Science in the Department of Earth Sciences, Chris Rapley (@ChrisRapley3131) was the Director of the British Antarctic Survey from 1998 to 2007. He was also appointed Director of the Science Museum between 2007, stepping down in 2010. In 2008 he was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal – “For professional achievements judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity” and, since 2014, has served as the Chair of European Space Agency (ESA), Director General's High Level Science Policy Advisory Committee.

In 2014 Chris Rapley and Duncan Macmillan were commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre to write a play. The play was entitled 2071, is a dramatised lecture which aims to explain climate change and the controversies surrounding it.

Tim Dyson is Professor of Population Studies in the Department of International Development at LSE. 

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (@GRI_LSE)was established by the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2008 to create a world-leading centre for policy-relevant research and training on climate change and the environment, bringing together international expertise on economics, finance, geography, the environment, international development and political economy.

The Department of International Development (@LSE_ID) was established in 1990 as the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) to promote interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSERapley


A podcast of this event is available to download from Communicating Climate Change – Why So Toxic?

Podcasts and videos of many LSE events can be found at the LSE Public Lectures and Events: podcasts and videos channel.

Social Media

Follow LSE public events on Twitter for notification on the availabilility of an event podcast, the posting of transcripts and videos, the announcement of new events and other important event updates. Event updates and other information about what’s happening at LSE can be found on the LSE's Facebook page and for live photos from events and around campus, follow us on Instagram. For live webcasts and archive video of lectures, follow us on YouTube.


This event has been certified for CPD purposes by the CPD Certification Service. Self-Assessment Record forms will be made available for delegates wishing to record further learning and knowledge enhancement for Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPD) purposes. For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, it is the responsibility of delegates to register their details with a LSE steward at the end of the event and as of 1 September 2014 a certificate will be sent within 28 days of the date of the event attended by the CPD Certification Service.  If a delegate fails to register their details at the event, it will not prove possible to issue a certificate. (For queries relating to CPD Certificates of attendance after a request please phone 0208 840 4383 or email
From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.


LSE Events LSEpublicevents

Lots of press coverage of the report that will be launched at #LSEWealth this evening with @Lem_Exeter,……

1 hour ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

LSE Events LSEpublicevents

2-7 Mar 2020 the #LSEFestival will bring together global leaders, innovators and change makers to discuss how we ca……

5 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

  Sign up for news about events