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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 the Earth and the future of our planet.

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About the talk

The Gaia Hypothesis, which was first formulated by James Lovelock in the 1960s, suggests that the organic and inorganic components of the Earth have evolved together as a single living, self-regulating system. This theory has been both hugely influential and controversial and has shaped how contemporary environmental scientists view issues such as climate change and biodiversity.

As part of this thrilling discussion, discover what Dr Lovelock, the 101-year-old scientist who created the Gaia Hypothesis, has to say in response 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. You can also hear live opinions from our panel and have your say at this unique event. 

Physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster, Dr Helen Czerski, leads the discussion as our expert panellists, including science writer and broadcaster Gaia Vince, climate scientist Professor Chris Rapley, CBE, and Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice President of European Students' Union, respond to James' provocations with their own thoughts on Gaia theory and what the future holds for humanity and our planet.

This event is part of the Science Museum Group's series of Climate Talks.