Climate Breakdown Shakedown

Mondays at 7.00pm, usually at: Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, London SE18 5QL (10 mins walk from Woolwich Ferry roundabout). NOTE – from March 2020, because of the coronavirus emergency, the sessions will take place on line, using Zoom video conferencing technology. 


Monday 20 July, 7.0 pm on line. How to make our electricity networks fossil-fuel-free. Electricity in the UK is produced mainly from gas, nuclear power and renewables. But we will need more of it, the gas will have to be phased out, and energy poverty will have to be tackled. And it’s not just a UK problem. Our discussion on electricity for the post-fossil-fuel era will be led by Nadia Smith (South East London Community Energy) who researches community energy and fuel poverty issues, and David Hall (University of Greenwich/ Public Services International Research Unit), who has researched electricity ownership issues for many years. To attend, sign up for FREE on eventbrite here.


Monday 24 August, 7.0 pm on line. Feminism and climate change. Speakers include a speaker from XR international solidarity, and Laura Schwarz (historian of feminism, University of Warwick)


Monday 21 September. Using fossil-free energy to heat homes: what needs to be done. Details to be confirmed.


STUFF TO READ, relevant to our discussions, and audio of some of the past talks, now available here 



Monday 16 September, 6.30pm, Clockhouse Community Centre. Understanding climate science, with Ryan Clark (Climate Reality Project).

Monday 30 September, 6.30pm, Stir Cafe, 23 Anglesea Road, Woolwich, London SE18 6EG. Fossil fuel use and how to stop it, with Simon Pirani (author, Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption) and Dario Kenner (author, Carbon Inequality)

Monday 21 October, 6.30pm, Clockhouse Community Centre. UK climate policy and how we can change it, with Greg Muttitt (Oil Change International) and Samantha Mason (PCS, the civil service trade union)

Monday 25 November, 6.30pm, Clockhouse Community Centre. Climate change and the global south, with Dorothy Guerrero (Global Justice Now)

Monday 16 December, 6.30pm, Clockhouse Community Centre. “What is biodiversity? Why does it matter? why are we loosing it? what can be done?” with Ted Benton (naturalist, philosopher, professor (Essex University, retired).

Monday 20 January 2020: “Achieving climate justice and social justice. What works and what doesn’t” Shaun Day (Reel News) will show film clips from his tour of the USA, where he met community groups fighting for “just transition” away from fossil fuels. 

Monday 17 February, 7.0pm: “Climate science and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – an update” at: Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, London SE18 5QL (10 mins walk from Woolwich Ferry roundabout). Discussion opened by Joanna Haigh (former co-director of the Grantham Institute and head of physics department at Imperial College, retired).

Monday 23 March: “Economics and climate change: the Green New Deal and degrowth”. Conducted on line

At this session we will think about: what economic policies are needed to stop climate change? What would a “green new deal” look like, and can it do what needs to be done? And is tackling climate change compatible with “economic growth”. The discussion will be opened by Colin Hines a co founder of the Green New Deal group, co-director of Finance for the Future, and an occasional advisor to Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas.  

Monday 20 April, 7.0pm: “Deadly air pollution and what to do about it”. Conducted on line

The coronavirus emergency means that the volume of traffic in London is at an all-time low, and much of the city’s air pollution has cleared. But when the lockdown ends, pollution could return with a vengeance. We discussed this on a zoom session with our panel of speakers: David Smith of Little Ninja UK, Stewart Christie of the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Coalition and Ryan Clark of XR Greenwich 

Tuesday 12 May, 7.0pm: “The Greenwich borough decarbonisation plan. How we can give it teeth.” – on-line session. View on youtube here.

The borough of Greenwich, responding to campaigns by XR Greenwich among others, last year declared a “climate emergency”, and in January the council agreed the outlines of a decarbonisation plan. At this session we looked at it in detail. The discussion was opened by Denise Scott-McDonald (Greenwich councillor – Labour), David Gardner (Greenwich councillor – Labour), Andrew Pendleton (New Economics Foundation) and Chloe Jeffries (Manchester Climate Emergency)

For more on XR Greenwich’s interaction with the council, see here.

Monday 22 June, 7.0pm: “Coronavirus, climate justice and the next international climate talks”

Speaker: Asad Rehman (War on Want). At this session we discussed how we can make common cause with those fighting for climate justice and social justice in the global south. The discussion was opened by Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, a committed and prominent campaigner on these issues for many years.  You can view Asad’s talk on our youtube channel here.


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