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 April, 7.0pm: “Deadly air pollution and what to do about it”

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. Fighting pollution, and climate change, is the subject of our next “climate breakdown shakedown” session, to be streamed on line, on Monday 20 April at 7.0pm.

We have a panel of speakers – David Smith of Little Ninja UK, Stewart Christie of the Stop the Silvertown Tunnel Coalition and Ryan Clark of XR Greenwich – and, as always, plenty of time for discussion.



AND FUTURE SESSIONS IN 2020, FOR YOUR DIARY – these will be on line for now, and hopefully back at the community centre when it reopens:

May – date to be confirmed: “The Greenwich borough decarbonisation plan. How we can give it teeth.”

Discussion to be opened by Andrew Pendleton (New Economics Foundation), Chloe Jeffries (Manchester Climate Emergency) and Greenwich councillors

Monday 22 June: “Preparing for the climate talks in Glasgow in November.”

Speaker: Asad Rehman (War on Want)


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.  


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