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Blackburn College Hosts Renowned Climate Change Activist

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Over 50 people attended a climate change event hosted at Blackburn College.

The event was organised by University Centre student David Moreton and lecturer Julie Gunn and led by Manchester-based Author and Activist Martin Empson.

Martin’s talk centred on the global climate emergency and how there must be radical change to the political system so that climate change can be tackled with greater speed.

Speaking at the event, Martin said: “It’s wonderful to speak to the students and staff at Blackburn College and many members of the public.

“The environmental crisis will be the great challenge of the 21st century and it’s inspiring to see such engagement with the subject.”

David asked Martin to speak at the event having known him for a number of years through his activism.

The event’s title – ‘System Change Not Climate Change’ was taken from Martin’s book of the same name – which was a core material on David’s degree programme.

David added: “I would like to thank Martin, Julie and my fellow students who volunteered their time to help organise the event and make it happen on the evening.

“Initially, we were going to ask Martin to guest speak in a lecture, but later decided to open it up to any students, staff and local people who wanted to attend.

“Credit to my son, who is a design student in London, for designing the poster; the coverage on the Blackburn College social media certainly helped spread the word as well.”

Julie – who teaches the Politics pathway of the Joint Honours programme at the University Centre at Blackburn College – said: “I would like to thank Martin for visiting Blackburn College and leading the event for the benefit of students and staff alike.”

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6 Mar 2020, 10:41 AM