The following is a link to a public lecture at Melbourne University earlier this year given by John Gummer, Lord Deben, entitled Climate Change Action and Conservative Politics. Lord Deben’s argues that conservatives should back strong action to combat climate change because that is the most likely way of maintaining our society in its present shape, given the overwhelming and disturbing scientific evidence about the likely impact of climate change.
Lord Deben was one of the longest serving Conservative Party politicians in the UK and is now president of an international NGO uniting parliamentarians worldwide to advocate for strong climate ambition. After 35 years as a Conservative Party MP, John Gummer retired at the 2010 general election. In 1989, Gummer joined the cabinet under Margaret Thatcher as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, moving to become Secretary of State for the Environment under John Major in 1993. He remains the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment the UK has ever had. In June 2010, following his retirement as an MP, John Gummer was awarded a peerage and the title of Lord Deben.
Date: 24th March 2011, 5.30pm
Location: Elisabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre, Melbourne University.