EPA Climate Change Lecture Series- Final Lecture by Minister John Gormley

Date released: Apr 07 2008

Mr. John Gormley T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government will give the concluding lecture in the EPA’s climate change series on  Tuesday 8th April in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street.  Minister Gormley will outline Ireland’s strategy to manage greenhouse gas emissions and achieve our emissions reduction targets.  The lecture will begin at 6.30pm.

The government’s climate change awareness campaign will also be unveiled at the lecture. This major campaign aims at informing the public about the importance of climate change and mobilising public support for emissions reductions.

The EPA’s seven part lecture series included presentations from international experts who outlined key aspects of the science of climate change, predictions of future trends and effects, an analysis of the impacts of humans on global systems and options for actions to deal with this global challenge.  Speakers were influential experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the British Antarctic Survey and the Potsdam Institute in Germany.

This lecture series has generated unprecedented response from the public with audiences in excess of 400 in attendance on most evenings. The participation of the audience in each of the question and answers sessions has demonstrated a wide-ranging interest and spectrum of concerns. The success of the series is attributed to the level of expertise of the speakers and their ability to communicate complex science and other issues in a clear and engaging manner.

The series has promoted a good discussion and informed debate on climate change issues in both the public and the private sector in Ireland.  The Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government will conclude the series with the response from a political perspective.

The lecture proceedings have been recorded in full and the EPA will be providing a video broadcast of all of the lectures on its website in the near future.