• WoWFEST19 Presents: Environment and Action

  • Tue, 07-05-2019 at 19:00
  • Writing on the Wall
    Toxteth Library
    L81XF Liverpool
WoWFEST19 Presents: Environment and Action - Writing on the Wall - Liverpool

WoWFEST19 is thrilled to present 'What is to Be Done: Environment and Action' .... At the end of 2018, the UN sent out a distress call: there are just 12 years left until the effects of climate change become irreversible. But as climate carries on changing, has this new information changed anything about us? In an age where information is as instant as it is infinite, we want to know what happens to the important stories. To discuss the environmental crisis and our reactions to it, we bring together an exciting and diverse panel of voices.Fred Pearce is an award-winning journalist and author, reporting from 87 countries. He has been the environmental consultant of New Scientist magazine since 1992, a regular broadcaster and contributor to the Guardian, Washington Post and others. He has written fourteen books on environmental and development issues, translated into 24 languages.Magid Magid came to Sheffield as a refugee from Somalia and studied Aquatic Zoology at the University of Hull. He is the youngest and first Green Party Lord Mayor of Sheffield. He has made headlines nationally and internationally for his creative ways of campaigning which focussed on a variety of issues such as, anti-racism, immigration, banning Donald Trump from Sheffield and setting up the UK suicide prevention charter. Magid was named one of the top European Young Leaders (Friends of Europe) 2019 and was part of the top 100 Future Leaders (apolitical.co).In her more than twenty years as a journalist, Beth Gardiner's work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal, and she is a former longtime Associated Press reporter. She has appeared on the BBC, Sky News, ITV and LBC talk radio. Both the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting and the Society of Environmental Journalists supported Gardiner's work on Choked. See bethgardiner.com for more.Roscoe Blevins is a soil scientist and anti-fracking protester from Sheffield. In 2018 he was jailed for sixteen months after being convicted of causing a public nuisance after he protested for four-days on top of a lorry at the UK’s first fracking site.Writing on the Wall invites you to our 20th annual festival, under the theme: 'Where Are We Now? Change is in the air. All that is solid, like the icecaps, is melting into air. Things fall apart - can the centre hold? The rich are getting richer, but otherwise uncertainty is the order of the day; Brexit, climate change, class, feminism, gender, race, populism, fake news, digital surveillance, and more, much more, are changing and challenging all our old conceptions. The stage is now set for WoWFest19 to seek answers to the question...