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Leading Environmentalist Jonathon Porritt delivers timely lecture in Cardiff

11 November 2009

Governments worldwide are meeting in Copenhagen next month with the aim of achieving a global agreement on climate change. Ahead of this, prominent environmentalist Jonathon Porritt (Founder Director of Forum for the Future and former chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission) will deliver the second Cardiff University Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture ‘What it means to live in a low carbon economy’.

This will describe how moving towards such an economy will be one of the key challenges to avoiding significant climate change. Jonathon will deliver his lecture at the University on Monday 16 November to a capacity audience.

The lecture is a tribute to the memory of Professor Hadyn Ellis, formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University who died in 2006. Last year Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and founder of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, gave the first Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture.

The lecture is sponsored by the Waterloo Foundation, an independent grant-making foundation based in Wales.

About Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator who received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection and spent the last nine years as chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, the Government’s independent watchdog on sustainable development.

About Cardiff University

Cardiff University has a world-leading programme of research, learning and teaching that address a wide range of sustainability issues. Sustainability principles are embedded in a wide range of teaching disciplines, empowering staff, students and graduates to contribute towards a more sustainable society.

Between Monday 16 and Friday 20 November, Cardiff University is staging its first Sustainability Week aimed at encouraging staff and students to get involved in supporting the University to become more sustainable.

The University recently rose 67 places to number 17 in the annual People & Planet Green League Table published in the Times Higher Education. The University participated in the Carbon Trust Higher Education Carbon Management Project and considered that it could reduce its carbon emissions for gas and electricity by 26,000 tonnes of carbon over the 5 year period 2006/7 to 2010/11, based on 2005/6 data. Significant progress towards this has already been made.

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

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