Pint of Science 2019: Fashion, Food and Floods

Fashion, Food and Floods: three sustainability challenges facing our society

40 locals joined us in the Hearty’s Barn for an evening of talks from Nottingham Trent University on Our Society and Planet Earth, asking how we tackle our throwaway culture, how secure are our food supplies, and how can we manage flood risk in a changing climate.

Who is responsible for our throwaway culture?
Professor Tim Cooper
Professor, NTU
School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment
Tim will explore some of the reasons why many goods that we buy are unduly short-lived and consider whether current consumption patterns are sustainable. He will focus in particular on clothing and consumer electronics, and ask ‘who is best placed to instigate change – industry, consumers or Government’?

A social scientist with industry experience and an economics degree, for the past 20 years Tim has undertaken multidisciplinary research on product lifetimes, including collaborative projects with industry in the clothing and electronic goods sectors. 
How can we secure food supplies in a changing world?
Julia Davies
Head of Department, NTU School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences
Julia assesses the environmental and geopolitical risks facing global food supplies, before considering possible solutions. Examples to be considered include vertical agriculture and agroforestry; systems that could not only improve food security but also reduce the environmental impact of food production and contribute to community health and wellbeing. 

Julia has worked in agricultural education for many years, and at NTU since 1999, developing links with the local farming community and building curriculum content allied to agriculture in food and countryside management. 
What is the role of natural flood management in a changing climate?
Dr Jillian Labadz 
Associate Professor, NTU School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences
A changing climate means heavier rainfall than our rural and urban landscapes are designed to cope with. Jillian and PhD student Josh Wells will consider how climate change is likely to affect rainfall and flood risk, and how natural flood defences such as earth bunds, woody debris dams, and the restoration of historic meanders can be used not only to mitigate risk but also to improve biodiversity and amenity. 

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