How will the climate crisis transform the Middle East?

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Duration: 6:25PM - 7:30PM

Status: Completed

Covid-19 accelerated the transition to renewable energy as well as reducing the demand for, and price of, oil. Join James Harding, co-founder of Tortoise, with Dan Rabinowitz, author of The Power of Deserts, and other special guests to explore what such a shift in the market for global energy means for the geopolitics of the Persian Gulf, and indeed the world?

Editor: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder , Tortoise.

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Our invited experts include:

Professor Dan Rabinowitz is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and former Deputy Chair of GreenPeace UK. He is also Head of the Porter School of Environmental Studies and is actively involved in third-sector organisations and environmental NGOs both in Israel and around the world. Since 2010 he has been Chair of the Association of Environmental Justice in Israel, and was previously Chair of Life and Environment at the Israeli union of environmental NGOs (2006-2008) and Chair of GreenPeace Mediterranean (1999-2004).

Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian is an affiliated lecturer in International Relations of the Modern Middle East and North Africa and Academic Director of International Relations and Global Studies of the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. She is a founding member of the POLIS- affiliated Centre for the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa and an expert on energy security and the politics of oil. She is the co-author of Blood and Oil.

Siavash Ardalan is a journalist and correspondent for BBC Persian Television. Siavash’s reporting is focused on the challenges and solutions surrounding the environment and the politicised atmosphere around climate change issues, both in Iran and around the world. He works to highlight the huge ecological challenges faced by Iran such as water scarcity, soil erosion, wildfires, deforestation, biodiversity loss and flooding.