What with the church lights playing up and the projector cable going missing it could have been a disaster. But thanks to the skill of a speaker with such a grasp of the subject it all went well. Over 50 people attended and we learned more about why the jet stream keeps wandering back and forth- the reducing gap between the temperatures at the north pole and the equator have set it wobbling- and why politicans seems so disinclined to tackle climate change- the public don’t nag them via their mail bags enough- and why intelligent people side-step the science- its inconvenient big time being just part of the answer!
Listening to Professor Rapley re-inforced my view that we need to rehabilitate the notion of the public intellectual and the public forum. There was so much more substance in what he had to say than ever gets on to the air-waves, and no need to go for BBC’s obligatory balance, whereby someone who is informed has 30 seconds to make a point before someone who isn’t gets a right of reply.
Lovely as it is this means that even the Today programme seems to be an arena for a kind of institutional heckling.