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Earth, but not as we know it: Lovelock’s legacy and our future

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Please note that this event was recommended for ages 14+ and there is some strong language towards the end of the talk.

The Gaia Hypothesis, which was first formulated by James Lovelock in the 1960s, suggests that Earth acts like a living, self-regulating organism. This theory has been both hugely influential and controversial and has shaped how scientists today view both climate change and biodiversity. 

Now 101 years old, hear Dr Lovelock respond to questions about his theory, including what individuals can do to help Gaia, and whether it can still cope if the population reaches 10 billion in 2050. Then find out what our expert panel think and have your say at this unique event.  

Speakers include: 

  • Gaia Vince: Science writer and broadcaster, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London. 

  • Professor Chris Rapley, CBE: Professor of Climate Science at University College London. 

  • Zamzam Ibrahim: Climate activist and Vice President of European Students’ Union. 

  • Dr Helen Czerski (Chair): Physicist, oceanographer, writer and regular BBC science presenter.