The Big Leeds Climate Conversation

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 17:30 to 21:00
Rupert Becket Lecture Theatre, Michel Sadler Building, Beech Grove Terrace University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9DA


***The Big Leeds Climate Conversation is now fully booked but it's likely we will have some cancellations between now and 16th July so if you wish to be added to the waiting list, please sign up . If we can offer you a place, we'll be in touch ***

Leeds has declared a Climate Emergency , with an ambitious target to work towards being carbon neutral by 2030. What will it mean for you? What will the benefits and the challenges be? How can we make net zero a reality? Join us for the Big Leeds Climate Conversation as we kick off a city-wide engagement to tackle these and relevant issues.


17.30 – Doors open for registration and refreshments (Michael Sadler Building). Please arrive no later than 18.10 to register

17.30 -18.20 – Interactive activities and stalls in the ‘Carbon Café’ area

18.30 – The Big Leeds Climate Conversation opening session commences in Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre. Chair: Andy Goldring.

Speakers (in order of appearance):

• Keeley Donovan, Weather Presenter, BBC Look North (on film)

• Andy Challinor, Professor of Climate Impacts, University of Leeds

• Cllr Lisa Mulherin (Executive Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainable Development, Leeds City Council)

• Andy Gouldson (Chair, Leeds Climate Commission)

• Richard Flint (Chief Executive, Yorkshire Water)

• Tim Jones (Our Future Leeds)

19.05 – 19.40 Choose from:

The Big Carbon Literacy Game Show! Dave Coleman of The Carbon Literacy Project leads a fun interactive session on carbon footprints in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre. (Introduced by Polly Cook, Leeds City Council)

Breakout groups (please register on arrival; places are limited and will be allocated on first-come basis):

1. Food and Food Waste (with Sonja Woodcock)

2. Sustainable Travel (with Emma Slater)

3. Low carbon projects (with Andy Gouldson & Mark Davis)

If you prefer, you can browse the stalls, measure your carbon footprint, build a model sustainable city, make a video or take part in a 'Carbon Conversation' during this time!

19.45 – The Big Leeds Climate Q&A. Chair : Polly Billington (UK100)

“Super-panel” : Cllr Mulherin (Leeds City Council), Polly Cook (Leeds City Council), Andy Gouldson (Leeds Climate Commission), Andy Challinor (University of Leeds), Bill Adams (TUC), Adnan Ashfaq (The Madina Town Movement), Alexis Percival (NHS), Mark Goldstone (Chamber of Commerce), Bishop Paul Slater (Diocese of Leeds), Shannon Jackson (Youth Strike), Extinction Rebellion (speaker tbc), Helen Hart (Our Future Leeds)

20.30 – How you can get involved in the Big Leeds Climate Conversation. Find out how to engage with the BLCC over the summer and take part in our interactive opinion poll

20.45 – Closing address by Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council

21.00 - Ends

Please note this event will be livestreamed and photographs will be taken.

Joining in The Big Leeds Climate Conversation

Join in on Twitter #BigLeedsClimateConversation and tag @LeedsClimateCom.

You can follow the livestream and also make a short personal video on the Big Leeds Climate Conversation YouTube channel.

The Big Leeds Climate Conversation questionnaire will be available on #LeedsByExample (after 16 July)

Other ways to get involved will be posted on the Leeds Climate Commission website. You can also find the Leeds Carbon Roadmap there.

Entry is free. You must register to attend. Book your place here:

Main image by 'More Than Minutes' from Ashden's Climate Action Co-Benefits Toolkit, a resource for local authorities and others to support their climate change ambitions.)