Mon, 10 August 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT


Our Future on a Hot Earth

Jelmer Mommers in Conversation with Matthew Stadlen

If climate change is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced, then why are we doing so little? Will the corona pandemic make it worse or better? And where do we go from here?

The story of the climate is the story of the 21st century: the single most important battle that our generation faces. But faced with the scale of the crisis, most people would prefer not to talk or even think about climate change. Most of us cannot help but feel helpless.

Dutch journalist Jelmer Mommers believes that denial and despair are not the only possible responses to the crisis. There is another story, where the consequences of our actions add up – and every contribution is meaningful.

In this free, livestreamed conversation with broadcaster Matthew Stadlen, Jelmer will draw on the latest climate science to help us find hope in the midst of the climate crisis. He will explore the impact of COVID-19 and our responses to it on climate change. And he will describe how we got here, what possible futures await us, and how you can help to truly make a difference.

Praise for Jelmer Mommers:

‘As a journalist, Jelmer Mommers has broken important stories about how we got in our current climate mess; as a thinker, he shows us there may still be some ways out, if we move with grace and speed. A fine account of where we stand, and where we could go if we wanted to!’ Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist, activist and founder of

‘I’m not exaggerating when I say this is one of the most important books I’ve read this year.’ Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists

This event takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

About Our Digital Programme:

In response to the global pandemic, How To Academy is curating a not-for-profit programme of live-streamed talks and conversations bringing you advice, insight and entertainment. Tickets are offered on a Pay What You Can basis, including a Free EarlyBird option for those who cannot afford more at this difficult time. Thank you for your help sustaining How To Academy through the crisis — and for enabling us to share new thinking from across the globe at a time when it has never been more important.

Books will be shipped within two weeks after the event. Please note that due to the challenges of distribution during the global pandemic, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know. Thank you for supporting a local London business, Primrose Hill Books.

Jelmer Mommers

Amsterdam-based climate journalist and author of How Are We Going To Explain This?

Jelmer Mommers is a climate journalist based in Amsterdam. Five years in the making, his book How Are We Going To Explain This? became a bestseller in The Netherlands.

Matthew Stadlen

Broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host.

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen