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Mike Berners-Lee

Activist & Writer

A Generation To Cool The Earth
5 May, 19:00 – 20:00

Mike Berners-Lee

Mike is a world-leading expert in carbon footprinting. He consults, thinks, writes and researches on sustainability and responses to 21st century challenges.

Working as a professor at Lancaster University, his research includes sustainable food systems and carbon metrics. He has made numerous speaking, radio, and television broadcast appearances to promote public awareness of sustainability and climate change issues, most notably appearing in Climate Change:The Facts alongside Sir David Attenborough.

He is the author of three acclaimed books. His latest, There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years is a practical and holistic tour of the 21st century’s biggest challenges, laced throughout with practical guidance for individuals, businesses and politicians.

Mike is the founder of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University, which is a world-leader in the field of supply chain carbon metrics and management. Small World works with organisations of all sizes and sectors, from the world’s largest tech giants to SMEs.


Title of talk:
Is Big System Change Possible?

We may still have the opportunity to live better than ever, but what will it really take for humans to continue to thrive, now that we are such a powerful species? And when the challenges are so global, realistically, what can any of us do?  Mike’s evidence-based narrative cuts through the complexity of global matters using logic and values, showing how we can arrive at the point where big systematic change does seem possible.


I’ll be coming to Leeds because this festival is asking the big, urgent question, raising the critical choices we face right now and, in the end, voicing the real decisions we must all make in 2020.”
Mike Berners-Lee

A Generation to Cool the Earth

with Leeds Beckett University

Mike Berners-Lee

Activist & Writer

A Generation To Cool The Earth
5 May, 19:00 – 20:00

Mike Berners-Lee

Mike is a world-leading expert in carbon footprinting. He consults, thinks, writes and researches on sustainability and responses to 21st century challenges.

Working as a professor at Lancaster University, his research includes sustainable food systems and carbon metrics. He has made numerous speaking, radio, and television broadcast appearances to promote public awareness of sustainability and climate change issues, most notably appearing in Climate Change:The Facts alongside Sir David Attenborough.

He is the author of three acclaimed books. His latest, There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years is a practical and holistic tour of the 21st century’s biggest challenges, laced throughout with practical guidance for individuals, businesses and politicians.

Mike is the founder of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University, which is a world-leader in the field of supply chain carbon metrics and management. Small World works with organisations of all sizes and sectors, from the world’s largest tech giants to SMEs.


Title of talk:
Is Big System Change Possible?

We may still have the opportunity to live better than ever, but what will it really take for humans to continue to thrive, now that we are such a powerful species? And when the challenges are so global, realistically, what can any of us do?  Mike’s evidence-based narrative cuts through the complexity of global matters using logic and values, showing how we can arrive at the point where big systematic change does seem possible.


I’ll be coming to Leeds because this festival is asking the big, urgent question, raising the critical choices we face right now and, in the end, voicing the real decisions we must all make in 2020.”
Mike Berners-Lee