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Interested in the big issues in Environmental Law?

The Castle Debates are an opportunity for those interested in matters of environmental science, law and policy, to hear a panel of leading experts discuss topical issues. Recent topics have included: nuclear power, GM crops, Shale gas fracking and loss of biodiversity. Entry is free and all debates are recorded for later viewing.

This fantastic initiative was founded by Pamela Castle OBE, who is now assisted in the venture by partners of Sykes Environmental, Stephen Sykes and Jackie Stone. Pamela Castle, solicitor, is Chair of both The Castle Debates and NNFCC, the National Centre for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials. She has chaired various organisations in the past, including the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and the Environmental Law Foundation(ELF). She is former Head of Environmental Law at CMS Cameron McKenna and has an Honorary Doctorate at Law from City University London.

The next debate in the series is on population growth; featuring Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO and Roger Martin, Chair of Population Matters. The debate will kick off with the following proposition.

There is scientific consensus that the current increase in world population (estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050) threatens the global ecosystem and the availability of resources including energy, food and water. Historically, population control has been implemented, often controversially, by limiting the birth rate by voluntary contraception or government mandate.

It will be held at The Law Society on the 18th of June – reserve your place.

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