Chris Rhodes

When?
Wednesday, July 17 2019 at 8:00PM

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Where?

The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
Desborough Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Who?
Chris Rhodes

What's the talk about?

 What is the talk about?


Across the world, some 30 billion barrels of crude oil are produced, and consumed each year. However, global production of crude oil is in decline by 5% per annum, meaning that a compensating equivalent of a new Saudi Arabia must be brought on-stream every 3—4 years. Most of this “new oil” is expected to come from more challenging, unconventional sources, which include fracking shale, deepwater drilling, heavy oil, and tar sands. Within ten years it may not be possible to sustain the global supply of oil at present levels. In view of an extreme dependency on oil, we may struggle to meet many of the demands of modern global civilisation, including that of food production. Fracking is touted as being the solution to our energy problems, but it is really a distraction from the true predicament we are in, and the need to de-globalise, focussing instead on smaller and more self-sufficient communities. Welcome to a brave new world.

Who is the speaker?

Chris Rhodes left school at 16 and worked as a technician for Beecham Pharmaceuticals and then Welcome Research. He did day-release at Croydon Technical College, and went on to Sussex University, where he was awarded a B.Sc. and later a D.Phil. in chemistry. He became the youngest professor of physical chemistry in the U.K., aged 34, and was awarded a Higher Doctorate (D.Sc.) in 2003. He is currently Director of Fresh-lands Environmental Actions and is based in Reading. He has written more than 400 scientific articles, along with collections of poetry and journalism, a modern day Eco-parable, entitled “Hippy the Happy Hippopotamus”, and his first novel “University Shambles”, which is a black comedy on the disintegration of the British university system.
Professor Rhodes will have copies of his novel available to purchase.

Who are we?

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