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POSTPONED: Evelyn Wrench Lecture

From March 31, 2020 19:00 until March 31, 2020 20:30

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this event has been postponed. Please check www.rosl.org.uk/coronavirus for more information as it becomes available.


The Impact of Climate Change on the Commonwealth

Our next Evelyn Wrench Lecture will address the highly critical challenge of climate change and its impact on the Commonwealth. We have invited some eminent and knowledgeable speakers and would like to invite you and your guests to join us on 31 March 2020 at 6.30pm for a drinks Reception and Lecture from 7.00 – 8.30 pm at ROSL.

Our panel of speakers will include Prof Tim Benton, who works on climate risks and how they will impact societies, particularly through changing access to food; he was an author on the IPCC’s recent climate change, land and food report, as well as the UK’s climate change risk assessment.  He also works in Africa and Asia, and will therefore be able to address issues from a Commonwealth perspective.

Our second panellist will be Sarah Breeden, Executive Director of the Bank of England’s work enhancing the financial system’s resilience to climate change. Sarah will address the impact on international economics and financial institutions and the ‘greening’ of banks to encourage investment that supports carbon reduction and responds to environmental impact, with particular reference to the impact on the Commonwealth.

Our third panellist will be Dr Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized technical agency responsible for the regulation of international shipping. He is responsible on a day-to-day basis for IMO's work to address GHG emissions from international shipping and represent the Organization in climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC including, most recently, at COP 25 in Madrid in December and at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York last September. He will again address the effects of climate change on the Commonwealth, such as rising sea levels and the impact on populations including Bangladesh, Calcutta, and populated islands that would be lost.

The panellists will be in conversation with Sunil Murlidhar Shastri FRGS FRSA, Director at Ocean Governance. Sunil has taught Marine and Environmental Policy at the University of Hull, has travelled extensively and is well-known in the international conference circuits.


A two-course buffet supper in the restaurant will follow the lecture which includes a glass of wine for an additional £25.

The Buffet will include:

Moroccan chicken stew with cinnamon, tomato and toasted almonds

Moroccan veggie stew with cinnamon, tomato and toasted almonds

Coconut rice

Buttered kale

Chocolate brownie, orange cream

Fresh fruit plate