CLIMATE Action Ilkley has organised an online talk by marine biologist and founder of Climate Pirates Dr Franziska Elmer who will be hosting a discussion on how we can move faster toward a net zero carbon world.

Dr Franziska Elmer has lectured throughout the world including America and New Zealand and has given a TedX talk on her motivation to become a Climate Pirate.

Dr Elmer says that: “Calling climate change a crisis and treating 2018-2030 as the most important epoch in human history is what got me motivated. It incorporates the negative future we might face as the reason why we call it a crisis but it does not focus on it. It focuses on ‘what stories will you tell when asked about this important time in history’. Nobody wants to tell their children and grandchildren that they knew about the threats and did nothing, everyone wants to be able to tell an exciting, exceptional and heroic story. This is what motivates me to take actions.”

On Thursday, April 15 at 7.30 pm Dr Franziska Elmer will be hosting an online Zoom discussion on how we can use our collective creativity to imagine a net-zero carbon world and how we can get there. Are we waiting for the perfect solution that we may never realise? What compromises and tough decisions will we need to make? What solutions are already available to us?

A spokesperson for Climate Action Ilkley said: “Most of us have never thought about what our daily lives will look like in a net-zero emission world. To reach that goal it helps to visualise where we are going, otherwise, we may be knocked off track and end up in a different place entirely. Pirates know we have to act, that through action comes strength, and that belief in this path is important. This is the first in a series of events we will be running on this theme, culminating later in the year, (we hope), in a face to face event where we can all imagine Ilkley’s future(s) together, so watch out for further talks in our Imagining IF series.”

To register for this event go to Eventbrite You can join the event from 7.15pm with the event starting promptly at 7.30pm.

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