Hexham Debates – series 7 (2014)

The Hexham Debates are back. See below for the programme of debates.

All at 11.00am – 12.30pm

St Mary’s Centre
NE46 2EB 

Admission Free, Retiring Collection

Sponsored by Hexham Quaker Meeting

Jan 25th Mike Berners-Lee

The Burning Question

Tackling global warming will mean persuading the world to abandon oil, coal and gas reserves worth trillions of dollars – at least until we have the means to put carbon back in the ground. The burning question is whether that can be done.  Are the energy companies massively overvalued, and how will carbon-cuts affect the global economy?  Will we wake up to the threat in time? And who can do what to make it all happen?

Mike Berners-Lee is Founder and Director of Small World Consulting, Lancaster University’s Environment Centre

If you missed this Hexham Debate, here is a link to it: http://vimeo.com/85104408

Feb 5 Andrew Feinstein

The Shadow World: inside the global arms trade.

Andrew Feinstein will describe the secretive world of the global arms trade, describing the corruption and cover-ups behind weapons deals ranging from the largest in history – between the British and Saudi governments – to BAE’s controversial transactions in South Africa, Tanzania and eastern Europe. He will argue that this network represents a profound danger to all of us.

Andrew Feinstein was elected an ANC MP in South Africa in 1994. He resigned in 2001 in protest at the government’s refusal to allow an unfettered investigation into a £5bn arms deal. He chairs the Aids charity Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign. His writing appears in a range of media around the world, and he also appears regularly on a variety of broadcast media including the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN.

Mar 22 Prof Helen Fenwick

Counter-terrorism law and policy post 9/11 and the future of the Human Rights Act.

April 5 Prof Paul Rogers

Security by Remote Control: can it work?

May 17 Valerie Flessati and Bruce Kent

Courage and Conscience in response to an avoidable war.

June 7 Jocelyn Cockburn

Why are human rights so divisive when they are for everyone?

July 5 Turning the Tide

An all-day workshop (9.00am – 5.00pm) run by Quaker trainers in non-violence, exploring how we might move from awareness into action.

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