Event Detail


No Place like Home: Our Best Century yet?

Professor Joe Smith
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
7.00 pm to 8.00 pm
The webinar link is going to be sent to members and guests at 12.30 pm on 26 May. Please note this webinar is for members and their guests only and is free of charge.
Humanity’s tenure on Earth has had very far-reaching consequences, but Professor Joe Smith is optimistic. In this talk, he charts the past, present and future of environmental ideas and actions to help find a way through these difficult times.

He discusses what might be next for the Planet.  He also looks at how mankind’s work to make the Planet more secure may make it a better home for all, and argues that the current century might just be the best yet.  He also discusses how, though catastrophic scenarios for the Planet have been conjured up for some decades, mankind may be able to make the Planet a better place anyway.

Professor Joe Smith has been the Director of the Royal Geographical Society in London since 2018.  He holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences and a PhD in Geography from Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge.  Professor Smith was previously Professor of Environment and Society and head of Geography at the Open University.  His academic work focused on environmental communication, history, policy and politics.  He has worked extensively with broadcast media, advising on both specific programmes and broad strategy in relation to the presentation of environmental issues to mass audiences.  He is also a Director of Smith of Derby, Britain’s largest clock making company.

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