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Book Launch - The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Thursday 17 September 2020

Join The Indigo Press, Dulwich Books and Leiden University to celebrate the launch of academic and physicist Paul Behrens' The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Futures from the Frontiers of Climate Science.

Paul will be in conversation with award-winning science journalist Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made and Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty and Time.

The event will start at 19.00 BST | 20.00 CET, and will be followed by a Q&A session with audience members. The event will be hosted on Zoom and attendees will be sent a link to join the Zoom event ahead of time.

About the book

The environmental emergency is the greatest threat we face. Preventing it will require an unprecedented political and social response. And yet, there is still hope.

Academic, physicist, environmental expert and award-winning science communicator Paul Behrens presents a radical analysis of a civilisation on the brink of catastrophe. Setting out the pressing existential threats we face, he writes, in alternating chapters, of what the future could look like at its most pessimistic and hopeful. In lucid prose, Behrens argues that structural problems need structural solutions, and examines critical areas in which political will is required, including women’s education, food and energy security, biodiversity and economics.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times is available to pre-order now from Dulwich Books at a special pre-order price of £10 (dulwichbooks.co.uk/), online from theindigopress.com/shop and from your local independent bookshop.

About the author

Paul Behrens is a Netherlands-based academic holding the post of Assistant Professor in Energy and Environmental Change at Universiteit Leiden. He is passionate about science outreach and his research has appeared in a number of prestigious outlets, such as The New York Times, the Independent and Scientific American. Trained as a physicist at the University of Auckland where he completed his PhD, Paul Behrens’ work focuses on the impact of human consumption and the changes society must make in order to survive within environmental constraints.


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