Introduced and chaired by Alan Meban.
John Barry is Professor of Green Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, QUB, and Co-Chair Belfast Climate Commission. His areas of academic research include post-growth & heterodox political economy; the politics, policy, political economy of climate breakdown & climate resilience; socio-technical analyses of low carbon energy transitions. His latest book is, The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon-Constrained World (OUP).
Emmi Itäranta is a Finnish novelist who writes in Finnish and English. Her debut novel, Memory of Water, (2014) has been translated into more than twenty languages and shortlisted for several major awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke, the Philip K. Dick and the Otherwise Awards. A film adaptation, The Guardian of Water, is due to premiere in late 2021. She has also published two other award-winning novels, The City of Woven Streets, (2016), and, Kuunpäivän kirjeet (The Moonday Letters), 2021.
Emma Must is Belfast based environmental activist, poet and academic researcher. Her poem, Toll, won the Environmental Defenders Prize in the 2019 Ginkgo Prize, and is included in, Out of Time: Poetry From the Climate Emergency, (Valley Press, July 2021). Her debut poetry pamphlet, Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe (2015), won the Templar Portfolio Award. In 1995, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe, on behalf of the UK anti-roads movement, having been imprisoned for trying to stop a motorway being built through Twyford Down in Hampshire, England, near where she grew up. Emma has recently completed her PhD at Queens University Belfast, focusing on Eco Poetry and Ecocriticism.
Alan Meban is a freelance journalist who reviews films and theatre performances; commentates and blogs about politics, technology, faith and their intersection; delivers social media coaching; chairs discussions; and produces, streams and records lectures and conferences. He is a director of Fact Check NI, Northern Ireland’s first and only dedicated fact checking service, and is a member of the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation organisation.
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