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Is food security the most important environmental challenge for the next 40 years?

City University London Professor Tim Lang to join 10th Earthwatch debate
by Hollie Jenkins

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City University London's Professor of Food Policy, Tim Lang will participate in Earthwatch's tenth annual debate at London's Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 13 October.

Entitled 'Mission Critical: The number one environmental challenge for the next 40 years', the event will bring together five expert speakers who will tackle the big environmental and social challenges that we face today and will be chaired by well-known broadcaster and journalist Sheena McDonald.

Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London will put the case for food security; Mike Mason, founder of Climate Care and Biojoule will present his take on the energy crisis. Jo Royle, environmental campaigner and skipper on board 2010's Plastiki expedition will fly the flag for protection of the oceans; Sir Crispin Tickell, academic and environmentalist will address education. Completing the line-up, addressing water scarcity is Daniel Yeo - Water security and climate change policy analyst at Wateraid.

Speakers will put the case as to why their chosen topic should be the number one global priority to tackle over the next 40 years, with audience members voting on the most compelling argument for support.

Earthwatch's tenth debate takes place in the year when the international environmental charity celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Executive Vice President Nigel Winser says, "Since Earthwatch was founded in 1971, the environmental movement has come of age, clocking up some remarkable achievements including raising awareness of, and slowing, habitat loss; driving environmental policy change nationally and internationally; and limiting the proliferation of environmental pollutants. However, the challenges that we now face as a global community are massive, complex and sometimes over-whelming. So what are the priorities for the next 40 years? By bringing together leading environmental thinkers and activists, this event will give our audience an opportunity to consider some of these serious issues and some possible solutions in an entertaining and thought-provoking format."

Mission Critical: The number one environmental challenge of the next 40 years

Thursday 13 October, 7pm (doors 6pm, event end 8.30pm)

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Kindly supported by the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa.

Admission to the Earthwatch debate is free, but guests will be asked for a voluntary donation on the door.

For tickets and further information visit www.earthwatch.org or call 01865 318294

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