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Dealing with Extreme Weather Conference

Friends Meeting House, Lancaster LA1 1TX
Green European Foundation and Green House Think Tank


Climate change is going to increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather. Already we are seeing the impacts of this, with unprecedented flooding in the North of England in December 2015, flooding in Spain in 2016 and the heat wave in Paris in 2003. How can we learn from these events so that we are better prepared in future?

This conference, taking place in a community that experienced a major power cut caused by the floods of December 2015, will bring together people from across Europe, including speakers from Lancaster, Paris and Catalonia, to find out what we can learn from each other.

As well as the conference on the Saturday, on Friday evening there will be an opportunity to see the film ‘Pedalling and Paddling’, made by a local film maker, about a group from Lancaster setting off to cycle to the COP21 talks in Paris just as the floods hit Lancaster; and on Saturday evening an opportunity to see the play ‘Blackout’ at the Dukes Theatre, based on local people’s experience of the power cut.

This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Green House Think Tank and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.


9.45 Registrations and coffee
10.15 Welcome and introduction -
Anne Chapman (Green House), Natalie Bennett (Green European Foundation)
10.30 Lancaster and Storm Desmond – Caroline Jackson, Lancaster City Council
11.05 El Prat, a Catalan experience of extreme weather – Sergi Alegre Calero, Vice-Mayor, El Prat
11.40- 11.55 – break, tea and coffee
11.55 The 2003 heat wave and its aftermath in France– Alice Le Roy, former policy advisor (2001-2010), Paris City Council
12.30 – Questions and discussion
1.00 - 2.00 – Lunch

2.00 Parallel Sessions:
- Living without electricity, lessons from Lancaster – Roger Kemp, Lancaster University
- Upland Management – a need for change? Options for managing our uplands for water, wildlife and people – a Northern England perspective – Peter Leeson, The Woodland Trust
3.00 – 3.15 Break, tea and coffee
3.15 Parallel Sessions
- Planning for a changing climate – Hugh Ellis, Town and Country Planning Association
- Community responses and emergency planning – Kerryanne Wilde, Community Emergency Response Team and Mark Bartlett, Emergency planning officer, Lancaster City Council.
4.15 - End