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Meeting Energy: Fission, Fracking and Wildfires

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Meeting Energy, public meeting, 26 July 2018, 17:30-19:00, Lancaster Town Hall
Meeting Energy, public meeting, 26 July 2018, 17:30-19:00, Lancaster Town Hall
Venue: 
Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ
Performers: 
Andrew Stirling, Gillian Kelly, João Camargo, Maggie Mort
Organisers: 
EASST 2018

Meeting Energy is a public meeting that brings together academics, activists, residents, journalists and politicians to explore the social dimensions and impacts of energy policy decisions. How do decisions about how society should generate energy have effects on the future wellbeing of residents of Lancaster, the North West and indeed the wider world?

The speakers are Andrew Stirling, Gillian Kelly and João Camargo. The meeting will be chaired by Maggie Mort of Lancaster University.

Andy Stirling (University of Sussex) exposes some of the reasons behind the UK Government’s apparent obsession with nuclear power, despite its high costs. In the context of North West sites currently being considered as locations for nuclear waste disposal, the Government’s expansion of nuclear power could have significant regional consequences. Andy has recently submitted written evidence to the Public Accounts Committee exploring the link between the Government’s new build nuclear agenda and the UK’s military submarine-related nuclear activities. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/newsandevents/2017/findings/nuclear.

Gillian Kelly’s activism on fracking has featured in the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/19/grandmother-fracking-activist-protest-destructive-industry-landscape) and has been part of the wider movement in the North West characterised by the Lancashire Nanas: http://www.talkfracking.org/fracking-news/who-are-the-nanas/ and Lancaster Fights Fracking.

João Camargo, formerly a journalist, teacher of botany and chemistry, and political activist in precarious workers’ movements, is now a researcher and climate justice activist in the Portuguese movement Climaxico (https://climaximo.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/intro/). Climaxo campaigns on issues such as climate jobs and the implications and effects of wild/forest fires – very relevant after the recent wild fires on Saddleworth Moor and elsewhere in Northern England.

Admission is free, but places are limited.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/290770851667564/

This meeting is being held as part of the major biennial conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology being held at Lancaster University that week. https://easst2018.easst.net/sessions/meeting-energy/. For further information, contact the organisers at https://easst2018.easst.net/contact-us.

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