For Your Inspiration: making the future green

5.00pm to 5.50pm, Thursday 29 July

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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  • The San Francisco skyline filled with smog due to wildfires

    This smoggy skyline of San Francisco was due to wildfires. Extreme weather events are one of the many side effects of climate change felt in cities. 

    Credit: Patrick Perkins via Unsplash
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  • Audience

    Young people, ages 13+

  • Speakers

    • Ben Chapple
    • Emma Hibbett
    • Judy Xie


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Event description

Climate change is a global problem, that we can feel the effects of even in the towns and cities we live in. Streets are filled with smog, green spaces are disappearing and carbon emissions continue to cause global temperatures to rise.

Join scientists working with the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London – to find out how we are tackling this problem right now. In this event aimed at young people, you will learn about the many different ways scientists are working to combat the climate crisis, and also about the many interesting jobs which will be possible in the green economy of the future. 

This event is part of our new series on the climate crisis in partnership with the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London.

For Your Inspiration events are designed to give young people a chance to explore the amazing range of careers to be found in the world of science, and to uncover some interesting areas perhaps not commonly taught at school. These events are designed with secondary students in mind, but all ages are welcome!

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About the speakers

Ben Chapple is a PhD student at Imperial College and the Institute of Zoology at ZSL. His research focuses on the sustainability of nature-based tourism as a tool for supporting wildlife conservation in the face of climate change. The travel industry is a major contributor to climate change, which is a growing threat to global biodiversity, and yet tourism also provides both justification and funding for many conservation efforts worldwide. Ben’s work aims to shed some light on this apparently irreconcilable trade-off using African wild dogs as a model species. Outside of his PhD, Ben is a keen naturalist and birdwatcher; he also works as a wildlife guide around London, leading walks around some of the capital’s most exciting spaces for nature, including Richmond Park, Walthamstow Wetlands and Rainham Marshes. 

Emma Hibbett is a PhD student at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. Her PhD research looks at the ways that crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have shaped whose voices get heard in environmental decision making. Her aim is to help us understand how we can make democracy work better for those who are most affected by crises, as the voices of these communities are often excluded from decision making. Before joining Imperial, Emma graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Water Policy, where she developed her passion for helping communities who are fighting on the frontlines of environmental injustice. She has been fortunate enough to work with incredible community groups, both in the UK and US, in her research and most recently through her consultancy, PowerUp Labs. Outside of work, Emma loves horse riding, cycling, and pretty much everything in the outdoors. This summer she can be founding camping on Cornish beaches with her partner in their newly converted campervan, Dolly.  

Judy Xie is a research postgraduate and President’s PhD scholar at the Centre for Environmental Policy and the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. She studies the socio-economic impacts of net zero transitions. Prior to joining Imperial, Judy worked as a research chemist at the US-based direct air capture start-up, Global Thermostat. There, she investigated how to slow the degradation of sorbents to improve the process efficiency. Judy holds a Bachelor of Science (highest honours) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in the US. In her spare time, Judy likes to paint, try different kinds of food, and travel.


Please note, this event is earlier than usual and is aimed at a family audience.

The event will go live at 4:55pm, and the introduction will begin at 5:00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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