WTM keynote speaker to address climate change and tourism

climate scientist kevin anderson is the keynote speaker at WTM World Responsible Tourism DayThe keynote speaker for World Responsible Tourism Day at this year’s World Travel Market is Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester (pictured). Anderson, who is also Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, advises the Prime Minister’s office on carbon trading and has contributed to the development of the UK’s Climate Change Act. He believes the UNCC’s objective is “just” about possible “if we deliver a radical reduction in energy consumption now”. However, he believes “we have done nothing about climate change for the past 25 years”.

In Brief
  • Following Anderson’s keynote address will be a panel debate, chaired by BBC journalist Stephen Sackur, where he will be joined by senior industry executives, and Anderson, to discuss how the travel industry can help in the reduction of greenhouse gasses.
  • World Responsible Tourism Day takes place on Wednesday 4 November, a few weeks before the world’s leaders gather in Paris at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss how to reduce greenhouse gas emission to limit the global temperate increase to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
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Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smithhttp://www.jmcsmith.com
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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