Public Talk: The Climate Crisis-- African Heritage under threat, by Dr Nicholas Simpson

Thu May 26, 19:00 - Thu May 26, 20:30
Tsiba Business School


Extinction Rebellion Cape Town invites you to a PUBLIC TALK by Dr Nicholas Simpson from UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative, and a lead author of the Africa chapter, IPCC Report.

Topic: The Climate Crisis: African Heritage under threat -- How we respond matters.

Nick is a research fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on human responses to reduce climate change risk and has transitioned from local level case studies to multi-level synthesis and assessments, both qualitative and quantitative, involving large inter- and transdisciplinary research teams. He is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report and led a major revision of the IPCC climate change risk framework to highlights how responses to climate change affect risk, including uninformed responses that can lead to maladaptation or inaction. His work has led to a conceptual advance integrating risk thinking across all the climate hazards, climate risks, and adaptation and mitigation concerns of IPCC. Nick is also the Lead Author of the ICOMOS-IPCC-UNESCO White Paper on Climate Impacts on Heritage. Nick has published over 40 peer reviewed articles, including the first continental-scale study of climate change literacy rates across Africa, the first adaptation feasibility assessment for Africa, multi-sector and multi-scalar assessments of the state of human adaptation responses to climate change globally, climate risk to heritage, and assessment of climate change research funding. His research has also explored climate change risk and response across multiple domains, including: infrastructure planning, climate risk perception, transitions, adaptation municipal finance, governance, and disaster risk management. Nick’s research also focuses on the very bottom end of the economic spectrum, aiming to support the creation and improvement of livelihoods and small businesses of those most at environmental and economic risk. His work with Tearfund (UK) has identified 'design principles' that inform the conceptualization and evaluation of projects to aid in the replication of emerging sustainability-orientated work for humanitarian NGOs. Their latest collaboration concentrates on off-grid low carbon energy and credit solutions in Africa for informal and marginalized communities.

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Public Talk: The Climate Crisis-- African Heritage under threat, by Dr Nicholas Simpson
Tsiba Business School
6 Spring St, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915
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