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Earth, But Not As We Know It: Lovelock’s Legacy and Our Future

Hear our expert panel respond to a special recording from James Lovelock, the 101-year-old scientist who created the Gaia Hypothesis, with their own thoughts on humanity’s relationship with Earth and the future of our planet.

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The Gaia Hypothesis, which was first formulated by James Lovelock in the 1960s, suggests that Earth acts like a living, self-regulating organism. This theory has been both hugely influential and controversial and has shaped how scientists today view both climate change and biodiversity.

In this special event, Dr Lovelock responded to questions about his theory, including what individuals can do to help Gaia, and whether it can still cope if the population reaches 10 billion in 2050.

Speakers include:

  • Gaia Vince: Science writer and broadcaster, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London
  • Professor Chris Rapley, CBE: Professor of Climate Science at University College London
  • Zamzam Ibrahim: Climate activist and Vice President of European Students’ Union
  • Dr Helen Czerski (Chair): Physicist, oceanographer, writer and regular BBC science presenter

Please note that this event was recommended for ages 14+ and there is some strong language towards the end of the talk.

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