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John Canton is motivated by his numerous personal experiences evidencing global warming and the climate crisis. He will explore the history of carbon literacy, argue that 68/30 should be the new mantra (replacing apparent complacency around net zero) and that “crisis” is more appropriate terminology than “emergency”.
He will explain his understanding of carbon literacy, the importance of embodied carbon and PAS 2080 and, in alignment with Climate Change Committee’s Sixth Carbon Budget, potential pathways and actions to be taken for 68%/2030, 78%/2035, net zero/50. These are the targets now being pursued in an effort to shore up UK’s host status at COP26, Glasgow, November 2021. (C19 permitting!) He will argue that 68/30 (or something even more ambitious!) should be the new mantra replacing apparent complacency around net zero.
During his 40-year career John has experienced first-hand two major hurricane events and numerous damaging tropical storms; coral bleaching, extreme temperature events, glacier melt and numerous flood and coastal erosion events.
His talk will cover the period between the Stern Report (2007) and the Climate Change Committee’s Sixth Carbon Budget (Dec 2020). He will explain why he believes that the next 10 years are critical, and what actions at a professional and personal level are needed and can help.
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he thought he could do only a little." - Edmund Burke (1727 – 1797))
This event is co-badged with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).
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John’s career spanned 40 years from the mid- 1970’s to mid-twenty-teens. He has worked in UK, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Australia, Bangladesh, West Africa and Bahamas. His work areas ranged from heavy to high rise r.c. structures, to sewerage systems, airfields, roads and coastal projects, irrigation and drainage systems, port design and construction; design, construction, operation and maintenance of flood alleviation and river restoration projects.
His most recent position was as Director of Public Works Bahamas where he was responsible for and engaged on most of those disciplines as well as on other public domain infrastructure projects.
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