Lecture 6

Bioregional Economics and Climate Change

Jane Avery and Molly Scott Cato

Left to right: Jane Avery and Molly Scott Cato

This lecture took place on Wednesday 9th April 2008 at Nottingham Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham. The speakers were:

Dr Molly Scott Cato

Reader in Green Economics, University of Wales in Cardiff (UWIC)

Jane Avery

Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (case-da)

Chair - Dr Alan Tuckman

Nottingham Trent University


The lecture was organised by Health in Your Environment with the support of Government Office for the East Midlands, East Midlands Development Agency, Climate Action Network Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council and Greater Nottingham Health and Environment Partnership.


The concept of "bioregionalism" seeks to address the regional economy in holistic terms and on the basis of ecological principles. Bioregionalism was first conceived at the start of the 20th Century by such visionaries as Patrick Geddes and provides a framework that can now be seen to be appropriate for developing sustainable responses to the challenges of climate change.

Dr Molly Scott Cato presented the case for Bioregionalism based on her research on environmental economics and showed the value of Bioregionalism in developing resilient responses to climate change with reference to Transition Towns and the development of co-operative communities . Jane Avery showed how local co-operative development work has delivered innovative new solutions in the East Midlands and outlined the future potential of co-operation to animate future Bioregional economic development.



You can listen to the speakers being interviewed by our reporter Emma Hewitt (edited by Catherine Adams).

Here are the speakers' presentations.

Here are the questions from the audience.






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