The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Department of Geography and Environment present a talk by Mike Berners-Lee.

Sustainability expert Mike Berners-Lee looks at the big environmental challenges facing Earth and offers some guidance on what we can all do to help humanity thrive on our only planet.

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics – the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions, and what should we do first? Should we all become vegetarian? Can we continue to fly? Should we allow fracking? How can we control technology? Does it all come down to population growth? Berners-Lee argues that there are things we can do, and he offers some practical advice and inspiring ideas for what we can all do to help humanity thrive.

Copies of Mike Berners-Lee’s new book There is no Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years are available for sale from the publisher.


Mike Berners-Lee is founder of Small World Consulting, which advises both small and large companies on sustainability. He is also author of How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything and The Burning Question.

He is a professor at Lancaster University’s Institute for Social Futures, where his research includes sustainable food systems and carbon metrics. He co-ordinates the Global Futures event series which are freely open to all and explore big global challenges in multidisciplinary ways.


Professor Sam Fankhauser, Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

 The event is not ticketed, so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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