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The Great Tipping Points Debate

September 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

How can we accelerate out of the climate crisis? Are we in danger of runaway global warming? What can we do about it together?

About this event


Take part in the Great Tipping Points Debate, an event hosted by the Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter.

This extraordinary summer of unprecedented heatwaves confirms we have reached critical tipping points on climate. Scientists now say we are no longer in the ‘safe zone.’ How can our societies adapt? How will people be persuaded to change behaviour and mindsets at the speed science says must happen?

Join top climate experts for this empowering open debate. The aim is to define positive tipping points on what we can do together and where we have agency. It will be a highly interactive, dynamic public debate with no long speeches. Please come with your own experiences and questions.

Among the issues we’ll be discussing:

• How do we push collectively for change?

• Challenge the experts on what we should all demand as citizens.

• How do we go much further than renewables and EVs?

• Can the science of positive tipping points inspire changes that sets off ‘virtuous circles’ for radical, irreversible change?

What is a postive Tipping Point? Find out here


Provocations from:

• Thomas Stocker, IPCC member & Professor of Climate & Environmental Physics, University of Bern

 Sandrine Dixson-Declève, President of the Club of Rome, and co-author of Earth4all

Contributions from:

• Nigel Topping, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion

• Ricarda Winkelmann, Climate Scientist & Earth Commissioner for a @SafeJustPlanet

• Helene Hewitt, Senior Fellow, The Met Office, Exeter

 Keywan Riahi, Director, Energy, Climate and Environment (ECE) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

• Sir David King, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Group

• Tim Lenton, Director of the Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter

• Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Research, presenter of Breaking Boundaries (Netflix.)

Moderated by Nik Gowing, Founder and Co-Director, Think the Unthinkable.


Please register using the ‘register’ link on this page. If you wish to register without using Eventbrite, or if you have any questions regarding the event please contact:

Please note, if you have already booked as a delegate of the main Tipping Points – From Climate Crisis to Positive Transformation conference then you do not need to complete a separate booking to attend this debate.


September 12, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Global Systems Institute: University of Exeter
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