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Dr. Simon Boxall delivered a public lecture on Climate Change
Dr. Simon Boxall a senior oceanographer at the University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, UK, delivered a public lecture at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa on 16th April 2009. He spoke on the topic 'Climate Change from the Arctic to India-Myths, facts and ways forward'. The title of the lecture attracted many a youth to be a part of this programme. During his talk, Dr. Boxall shared some of his thoughts about the emerging trends in the climate change research by taking examples from his own works in the North Pole and on the adverse effects the melting of the ice-covers will have on the coastal parts of India. According to him, people always respond to situations when they are associated with a sense of immediacy. But climate change and its adverse effects present a gradual threat like slow poison. Unless we start taking preventive measures, we will not be in a position to handle the future. Towards the end in his talk, he stressed on the fact that one must start saving energy. He lamented that everyone assumes that cutting back on our CO2 emissions will necessarily be painful and expensive. But if one does use less power, having better insulated homes, and more economical transport, we will save money and our environment. In essence an eco-friendly lifestyle will be beneficial to the societies all over and the Planet in general. Dr. Boxall is on a tour to India from the 14th to the 21st of April for a series of 'Talking Climate' lectures organized by the British Council across the country. The main aim of this tour is to simplify the confusion of climate change which is the greatest threat to mankind. He will be travelling to Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Delhi. He is the lead scientist for 'Cape Farewell' programme working together with artists, writers and musicians such as Vikram Seth, McEwan, Antony Gormley, KT Tunstall and Jarvis Cocker. The main purpose of Cape Farewell is to bring-forth and convey to public the understanding of climate change from wider perspectives. It is an endeavor of this team to make use of different modes of expression to depict scientific findings so as to appeal aptly.
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