Ian McEwan & John Schellnhuber - a Conversation about Climate Change
Moderator: David Buckland
22 March 2007, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
During March and April, Cape Farewell - in collaboration with the British Council - travels to the vast industrial space of Kampnagel Cultural Centre in Hamburg with Cape Farewell - Art and Climate Change, the exhibition developed in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London in 2006. Climate change is the most serious challenge facing the world in the 21 st century and the British Council's focus on the issue in Germany reflects a commitment to addressing sharedglobal challenges together with European partners.
One of the highlights is a discussion between novelist Ian McEwan and Professor John Schellnhuber, Germany 's Chief Government Advisor on Climate. The event, which is being staged as part of the British Council's Conversations series , will be moderated by David Buckland, artist and Director of Cape Farewell. Based on the broad scientific acceptance that global warming and its impacts are a reality, and in the wake of the findings of the Stern Report, the conversation will explore dynamic new ideas around climate change and the action that should be taken by governments, companies and individuals.
Leading from the science perspective is internationally renowned climate expert Professor John Schellnhuber, the German government's recently appointed Chief Advisor on climate and related issues for the German G8-EU twin presidency in 2007. The discussion will be the first time Professor Schnellnhuber speaks publicly of his new thinking on climate change and what we can do about it. Award-winning writer Ian McEwan is fast becoming a leading cultural exponent on climate change. He speaks internationally on the issue, including his recent Payne Lecture, End of the World Blues, at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs at Stanford University . Conversation moderator and Director of Cape Farewell, David Buckland, has taken artists, scientists and educators on three expeditions to the High Arctic, producing several large-scale exhibitions, education programmes, events and his own work as a result of these experiences.
The British Council has launched Conversations to provide a forum for international dialogue on issues of interest across Europe and North America . Hamburg is the third venue, after Paris and Ottawa , with more to follow.
The conversation between Ian McEwan and John Schellnhuber takes place in the new state-of-the-art 400-seat lecture theatre at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg , Germany 's first private law school.
Thursday 22 March 2007 at 19:00 hrs in the Auditorium Maximum, Bucerius Law School, Jungiusstrasse 6, 20355 Hamburg (www.law-school.de). The event is free but booking is essential. To book a ticket, email
by 15 March at
the latest.__The conversation with Q&A lasts for approximately 90 minutes.
For further information and images please contact Janette Scott on 020 7209 0610 or email
Visit the Cape Farewell website or download press release (PDF).
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