16 May 2018, 18:30 - 19:30
The world faces increasing pressures from social exclusion, inequality, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity and climate change.
Projecting these trends forwards and a cascade of risks that we face over the next few decades could easily trigger economic, environmental and social collapse. How do these trends link together and reinforce each other? What types of cascading risks could really damage our societies first? However, the flip side of these risks represent significant opportunities for us to address these challenges and unlock an energy and financial transition to a more prosperous future. The current discussions and debates around the form of these transitions face a significant political barrier associated with short termism but there are glimmers of hope that the world is at a turning point that will create sustainable prosperity for all.
Professor Aled Jones is the inaugural Director of our Global Sustainability Institute (GSI). Over the past five years he has built the GSI from a good idea into an internationally recognised brand, with a group of 40 individuals, and over £4 million in external income won. He is one of the acknowledged global leaders in public-private finance related to the green economy. His work in climate finance has been recognised by the State of California and he has received a key to the city of North Little Rock, USA.
Aled has recently been appointed a member of the UK-US Taskforce on the Impact of Extreme Weather on US/UK Food Security and was a President Bill Clinton Distinguished Lecturer. He chaired a working group on climate finance within the Capital Markets Climate Initiative (CMCI) on behalf of Greg Barker, the Minister for Climate Change in the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and sits on the steering group for CMCI. Aled is also a Managing Director for the P80 Group Foundation which, in 2012, signed the Little Rock Accord with Club de Madrid to help facilitate global investments into climate change solutions.