Event — Webinar

The challenge of climate change

Please join us in this online presentation and discussion on 26 October 2021 from 13:00-14:00 p.m. Amsterdam Time (Central European Summer Time, CEST).

> Can we solve climate change without endangering species survival on the planet?
> Can we provide for the needs of the poor, without building infrastructure?
> Is the provision of energy infrastructure at odds with resolving climate change?

Discover a new resource of evidence-based information on these issues.

Solving the climate change challenge is vital for our own sustainable development, but many of the solutions threaten the survival of other species. Renewable energy, and the infrastructure needed to provide it, often endangers local biodiversity. Moreover, whilst the West may be prepared to settle at existing consumption levels, half of the rest of the World would like to continue growing for a while longer.

In this lecture and meeting via Zoom, we aim to explore the intersection between climate change, infrastructure and biodiversity. We will end the session by introducing a new website devoted to the presentation of authoritative (free) online evidence-based, scientific resources.

Session programme
- 5 minutes welcome and introduction
- 25-30 minutes talk by Richard Griffiths
- 25 minutes Q&A
- 5 minutes closing

The Speaker

Richard T. Griffiths is an emeritus professor in economic history who currently directs the ‘New Silk Roads’ research project at the IIAS. He has a BSc (Econ) from Swansea University and a PhD from Cambridge. He has held academic posts in Manchester, Amsterdam, Florence and Leiden and, in recent years, he has lectured in Bangkok, Beijing, Chengdu and Jinan. He is the author of three books on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and has also coedited ‘In the Way of the Road. The Ecological Consequences of Infrastructure’ (IIAS 2021).


Please use the web form on the right-hand side of this page to sign up for the meeting. After registration, we will send you a link to join the meeting (usually, two days in advance of the event).