Experts Debate The End Of The Earth

4 October 2011

University of Derby audience

A dedicated environmentalist and founder member of Friends of the Earth will share his views on the future of planet earth, and lead a debate amongst a panel of distinguished experts at a one-off Battle of Ideas Festival event being held in Derby on Tuesday October 11.

Mayer Hillman, who has written over 50 books about the future of our planet including, How We Can Save the Planet and The Suicidal Planet, will argue that the end of life as we know it is nigh unless we act.

Panel members at the East Midlands Salon event, sponsored by the University of Derby, include Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buckingham, Anthony O'Hear, and James Woudhuysen, Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University.

They will debate whether natural disasters such as the 2011 Tokyo earthquake and tsunami remind us that even the most modern societies are still surviving at nature's mercy, or whether they suggest that humanity should do much more to shape its own destiny.

The thought provoking debate, taking place at the Hallmark Hotel, Midland Road, Derby, on Tuesday 11 October at 6.30pm, is open to the public, with tickets priced at £7.50 (£5 concessions and East Midlands Salon members). Visit website www.battleofideas.org.uk or contact the Institute of Ideas on 020 7269 9220 to book your place.

The Derby debate, Produced by Dennis Hayes, Professor of Education at the University of Derby, is a satellite event of 2011 Battle of Ideas Festival taking place at the Royal College of Art, London, at the end of October.

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