Climate emergency – what now?

Artist Luke Jerram stands underneath a replica of the earth
In August this year the University’s Cabot Institute for the Environment hosted Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram’s Gaia in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features incredibly detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, providing a unique opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three dimensions. Image copyright: Ben Birchall/PA images.

The University of Bristol has declared a climate emergency. We hear from just some of Bristol’s experts about what’s happening.

Portrait of Rich Pancost


Professor Rich Pancost

Professor Rich Pancost, Head of School for Earth Sciences considers the University’s role and its commitment to become carbon neutral in 2030.

‘Rather than ignore what’s happening we can, in our different areas of expertise, work together on sustainable solutions for all.’





Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster and naturalist talks about the scale of the problem and how we have the power to tackle it.

‘If we have an obligation to our children, our grandchildren and further generations then it is time we took that seriously.’




Jack Farmer

University of Bristol alumnus and Co-Founder and Operations Lead at LettUs Grow Jack Farmer is an expert in controlled environmental agriculture.

‘We want to enable new business models for local growers and play a key part in creating a non-wasteful food supply chain by supporting alternative, resilient food production’




Dr Alix Dietzel

Dr Alix Dietzel is a lecturer in Global Ethics at the University of Bristol, specialising in climate change and global justice.

‘We are at a critical crunch point with climate change and it can no longer be ignored’.

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