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Geography: Sustainability – The Future of The Planet With Professor Mark Whitehead From Aberystwyth University

4th June 2020 @ 13:00 - 14:00


In this interactive lecture for school/college students and teachers, Professor Mark Whitehead from Aberystwyth University will outline the key sustainability issues facing the planet and the challenges that exist when trying to secure a more sustainable future for humanity.

The session will reflect on population growth, energy use, food and water supply, and climate change. It will also consider the different ways in which we can think about and measure sustainability. Students will be asked regular questions during the session and will be expected to complete a short 5-minute exercise related to Sustainable Development Goals.

The key session objectives are:

  1. To outline the key sustainability challenges facing the planet.
  2. To define what sustainability means.
  3. To explore the strengths and weakness of the different methods that exist to measure sustainability.
  4. To introduce the idea of donut economics.



Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Professor Mark Whitehead

Suitable for: Year 12 and 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Geography, Environmental Science, Sociology. Teachers are also very welcome to join; please feel free to make it a class event.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: No pre-reading is required.

The IT Setup: The event will be run with one, smaller, audience on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and a larger audience, simultaneously, on Facebook Live. The smaller group in the Bluejeans meeting can engage using their microphones to talk directly to the university academics. The Facebook audience has the ability to ask questions and offer thoughts via comments on Facebook. In both cases, participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges.

Our places on Bluejeans are all now booked but you are very welcome on Facebook. If you would like to take part, please join the session on Facebook Live by clicking the link below:




4th June 2020
13:00 - 14:00
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