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State of the Earth

Panel discussion


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Join us for an evening of conversation with climate diplomat Christiana Figueres and Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, chaired by BBC Countryfile presenter Tom Heap. 

Christiana Figueres and Brian Hoskins have decades of experience of understanding how human activity has influenced the natural world, and continue to pioneer ground-breaking solutions. Join them as they share crucial insights into some of humanity’s greatest challenges with broadcaster and journalist Tom Heap.

This event is the launch of You and the Planet, a series exploring global environmental issues with world-renowned speakers from science, business, politics and more. 

Watch the event live on YouTube and join the conversation at #YouAndThePlanet. 

Christiana Figueres is an internationally known diplomat and, as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, led nations to agree the unprecedented Paris Agreement of 2015, forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy in the process.

Sir Brian Hoskins has been a Professor of Meteorology at Reading for more than 35 years, and is also the Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. His international roles have included being vice-chair of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme, President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, and involvement in the 2007 IPCC international climate change assessment. He has also had important UK roles both as a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change and by playing a major part in the 2000 Report by The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution that first proposed a 60% target for UK carbon dioxide emission reduction by 2050. 

Tom Heap presents the investigations on Countryfile – Britain’s most popular factual TV programme – and is the principal voice of Costing the Earth on BBC Radio 4, the nation's only dedicated environment series. He is also a regular Panorama reporter, covering food, farming energy and wildlife. 

NOTE: This event will be broadcast live on our YouTube channel.

Attending this event

  • Free to attend
  • Doors open at 6.30pm and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the Events team know if you require it at least two weeks before the event.

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State of the Earth Join us for an evening of conversation with climate diplomat Christiana Figueres, responsible for the successful 2015 Paris agreement, and climate change scientist, Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, chaired by BBC Countryfile presenter Tom Heap. The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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