• Fiona Smith

EVENT CANCELLED: Discussion on Beasts, Bogs and Biodiversity



NB: The panel discussion in which IFNC's Professor Jane Stout was due to partake has been postponed until further notice due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak - watch this site for updates.


In the 'Behind the Headlines' series of discussions at Dublin's Trinity College experts in various fields including literature and translation, climate science, biodiversity and agriculture come together to discuss how the words that we use may hold more clues to climate change than we think, with a talk entitled 'Beasts, Bogs and Biodiversity'.

'As ‘climate emergency’ becomes part of our daily discourse, we consider the words that have fallen out of our lexicon, and language that conveys the richness of the ecosystems we live in. Biodiversity is under threat as a result of climate change, but it also holds the key to many solutions against climate change. But in an increasingly polarised public debate, our alienation of those with beliefs that differ from ours may hamper any efforts to effectively address climate change globally.'


The panellists were due to discuss how best to share practical stories which will resonate with people’s values and culture, promoting action. The full line-up for the panel is as follows: • Michael Cronin, Professor of French (1776), Trinity College Dublin and Director, Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation • Jane Stout, Professor in Botany, Trinity College Dublin and Chair, Natural Capital Ireland • Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist, Director of Climate Science Centre, Texas Tech University • Darragh McCullough, farmer, journalist and broadcaster (RTÉ and Irish Independent)

​The Trinity Long Room Hub Behind the Headlines series is supported by the John Pollard Foundation.

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