Brian Cox to speak at Greater Manchester’s Green Summit

Greater Manchester’s third annual Green Summit is taking place this week with Professor Brian Cox being amongst the latest confirmed key speakers.

The University of Manchester Professor will be talking to Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Lily Rimmer from the Youth Combined Authority on how science can influence policy and tackle the climate emergency.

Talks, under the theme ‘Taking Action: Today, Tomorrow and Together’, will discuss Biodiversity, green transport, circular economy, climate change resilience and building back greener.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “It is Fantastic news Professor Brian Cox will be joining our already confirmed list of excellent speakers.”

He continued: “Tackling a problem of this scale requires us to work together,” and that, “It is crucial during this year’s Green Summit we focus on these challenges to really bring about change.”

The Summit will mark progress towards goals of the Five-Year Environment Plan, which include becoming carbon neutral by 2038, improving air quality and protecting and building environmental resilience. 

Greater Manchester’s Lead for Green City Region, Cllr Andrew Western, said: “We now have the opportunity to celebrate our progress and set further goals to achieve our aim of becoming carbon neutral.”

The programme has been designed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Youth Combined Authority, focusing on the leading roles of young people in tackling this climate emergency.

With this year’s Green Summit taking place online, it is different to any that have previously taken place, but still boasts an array of a great variety of speakers.

Other confirmed key speakers include Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environmental Agency and Chris Boardman, Olympic Gold medal-winning cyclist.

More than 1,700 people attended last year’s Green Summit, with messages of support from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

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