Throughout 2021 the Science Museum Group is hosting a series of Climate Talks—panel discussions, Q&As and events connecting you with leaders, experts, activists and campaigners as they discuss how to tackle the problems facing our communities due to climate change.
How are our oceans responding to climate change?
Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth's surface and as the planet heats up, they are feeling the impact acutely. But how exactly does climate change affect our oceans, how do our oceans influence climate change and what can we do about it?
The future of fuel
The fuel we use to power our world is one of the biggest contributing factors affecting the UK's carbon footprint. Join our expert panel and have your say about the future of fuel as part of this thought-provoking debate.
Changing the system: Brian Eno and James Thornton in conversation
Join Brian Eno in conversation with James Thornton, CEO and founder of ClientEarth, a pioneering environmental organisation, and discuss how we can use the power of the law to protect the planet. This special event was chaired by science, natural history and environmental broadcaster Liz Bonnin.
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.
Our future planet: global greenhouse gas removal
As well as reducing our CO2 emissions, capturing carbon from the atmosphere could be another way to limit climate change. Hear leading scientists and environmental journalists explore the many aspects of carbon capture, including reforestation and rewilding, as well as a range of industrial methods.
The clean energy revolution
Since the Industrial Revolution, humanity has become increasingly addicted to oil, coal and gas. But with climate change threatening to spiral out of control, the time has come to accelerate our transition to alternative energy sources.
Climate change: the view from space
Astronauts Helen Sharman and Tim Peake join Maggie Aderin-Pocock and UNOOSA's Simonetta Di Pippo to assess how our work in orbit—and beyond—has helped us appreciate our planet.
Climate change: why should we care?
Science broadcaster Dr Hannah Fry is joined by a panel of experts including famed conservationist Dr Jane Goodall to explore the big question: how will climate change affect our future, from landscapes and ecosystems to societies and economies?
1.5 v 2 degrees Celsius: why half a degree really counts
The persistent march of a warming climate is perceived as incremental changes. But the greater the change in global temperature, the higher the risk that the cumulative impact of all these changes could cross a tipping point of dramatic and irreversible climate change.
Is capitalism compatible with environmentalism?
How can we reconcile boosting profits with stewardship of our planet? Can we resolve the tension between these very different objectives? Journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow will guest chair a panel of experts in economics, policy and climate science, including the lead author of the Dasgupta Review, to examine these important questions.
Climate Talks visitor FAQs
Yes, anyone who wishes to attend must book a free ticket as the link to the event will be sent via email.
Unlike booking tickets to the museum, you only need to book one ticket per device for the Climate Talks virtual events. If your household would like to watch on more than one device, please book more than one ticket using different email addresses and accounts.
The Climate Talks are recommended for ages 14 and older, except for the Future of Fuel event as part of Manchester Science Festival, which is recommended for ages 16 and older.
Yes, the Climate Talks will be best suited for Key Stages 3 and up. The talks will also be recorded and available afterwards for you to use in the classroom.
You do not need to book a museum admission ticket to attend an online event.
Questions can be submitted before each event as you book a ticket. A selection of audience questions will then be posed to the speakers.
If you can no longer come to an in-person event, please speak to our Contact Centre team on 033 0058 0058 to refund your in-person ticket. Unfortunately we aren't able to refund donations. If you can no longer attend a virtual event, please speak to our Contact Centre team who'll be able to return your tickets and give your place to someone else.
If an event is cancelled, rescheduled or postponed for any reason, we will notify you by email as soon as possible.
If an event is rescheduled or postponed, your booking will be automatically updated in your account. You can log in to your account to view your online event bookings at any time.
If an event is rescheduled and you can no longer attend, please call us on 033 0058 0058 (line open 09.00–17.00 daily) and our team will be able to return your tickets and give your place to someone else.
Unfortunately we are not able to refund donations.
If you have booked a free ticket, you will be emailed on the day of the event with the link to the virtual event, which will be hosted on our online booking system. You will need to log in to your account to watch the event, so make sure you keep your log in details safe. If you have questions, please speak to our Contact Centre team on 033 0058 0058.
We will be announcing more events in early 2021. You can sign up to our newsletter to receive updates first or keep an eye on social media.